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Rhodocoma gigantea

Rhodocoma gigantea
Common names: dekriet, olifantsriet (Afr.)
Family: Restionaceae

With its upright growing stems and arching, bright green feathery foliage, Rhodocoma gigantea is one of the tallest and most attractive of the...

19 / 03 / 2007 | Karen Wall | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Rhoicissus digitata

Rhoicissus digitata
Common names: baboon grape (Eng.); bobbejaandruif (Afr.); isiNwazi, umThwazi, umNangwazi, umPhambane (Z); isaQoni, isaQoni esincini (X)
Family: Vitaceae

This member of the grape family is an attractive hardy creeper with shiny three- or five-partite leaves. It is traditionally used to make jam and also...

16 / 01 / 2012 | Cherise Viljoen | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Rhoicissus tomentosa

Fruits of R. tomentosa
Common names: wild grape, bush grape, African grape, forest Grape, monkey rope, wild vine (Eng.); Bosdruif, Wildedruif, Bostou, Bobbejaantou (Afrikaans), isaQoni, i
Family: Vitaceae

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07 / 06 / 2004 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Rhus chirindensis

In fruit. Photo:Geoff Nichols

This tree is now called Searsia chirindensis....

27 / 01 / 2003 | | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Rhus dentata

This shrub is now known as Searsia dentata....

19 / 09 / 2005 | | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Riocreuxia genus

Riocreuxia picta flowers
Common names: R. polyantha : koeiriempies (Afr.); R. torulosa : candle-wine (Eng.); kandelaarblom (Afr.); ugwapha, unquntane, ushuqu (Zulu)
Family: Apocynaceae

Most species in this genus are herbaceous climbers and may cover their supporting vegetation in a green mass of leaves....

29 / 11 / 2010 | Stoffel Petrus Pieter Bester | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Roella

Roella amplexicaulis
Family: Campanulaceae

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28 / 03 / 2011 | C Cupido | Compton Herbarium
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Roella ciliata

Roella ciliata growing in Brackenfell
Common names: prickly roella, white-eyed roella, giant capebell
Family: Campanulaceae

Roella ciliata is a sun-loving, summer-flowering fynbos shrublet with large, showy flowers, but it is not yet well known in cultivation because it is...

14 / 05 / 2012 | Zoleka Maphanga | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Roridula dentata

Flower of Roridula dentata
Common names: flycatcher bush, bug plant, fly bush (Eng.); vliëebos (Afr.)
Family: Roridulaceae

Roridula dentata is a tentacle-leaved shrub that has a unique symbiotic relationship with the assassin bug, Pameridea marlothii. Although commonly known...

03 / 09 / 2007 | C Cowell | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Roridula gorgonias

Roridula gorgonias flowerheads
Common names: flycatcher bush (Eng.); vliëebos (Afr.)
Family: Roridulaceae

Roridula gorgonias with its beautiful pink flowers and sticky leaves certainly captures the attention of many. Its peculiar relationship with the assassin...

16 / 02 / 2009 | Karen Wall | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Rotheca louwalbertsii

Rotheca louwalbertsii
Common names: butterfly bush, tall wild violet, Louw Alberts' wild violet (Eng.); langbeen skoenlapperbos, Louw Alberts-se-wilde viooltjie (Afr.)
Family: Lamiaceae

Rotheca louwalbertsii is a slender, dainty plant with purplish blue flowers borne in long, terminal inflorescences. The individual flowers look almost...

21 / 09 / 2009 | Paul Herman | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Rotheca hirsuta

In flower
Common names: butterfly bush, Matabele violet, wild violet (Eng.); sigibanyongo (siSwati); khopha, mokata (Sotho); umathanjana, umathanjane, uSikisiki (Zulu)
Family: Lamiaceae

Rotheca hirsuta occurs mainly in grassland. It is one of the first spring flowers to appear after winter in the summer rainfall regions....

04 / 02 / 2008 | Paul Herman | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Rothmannia capensis

Flower and glossy leaves
Common names: wild gardenia, common Rothmannia (Eng.); wildekatjiepiering (Afr.); modulatshwene (Northern Sotho); mukubudu (Venda); umPhazane-mkhlu (Zulu); iBolo (X
Family: Rubiaceae

Rothmannia capensis is one of the loveliest indigenous trees for the home garden. It attracts birds and it has a non-aggressive root system. ...

28 / 06 / 2004 | J K Baloyi | Pretoria NBG
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Rothmannia globosa

Rothmannia globosa
Common names: September bells, bell gardenia (Eng.); klokkies-valskatjiepiering (Afr.); umGubhe (Xhosa); umPhazane (Zulu); Thudwane (Venda); siKoba (Swati)
Family: Rubiaceae

Rothmannia globosa is a decorative small garden tree with fragrant white bell-shaped flowers in early summer....

14 / 11 / 2005 | J K Baloyi | Pretoria NBG
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Ruschia

Ruschia karooica
Common names: beesvygie (Afr.)
Family: Aizoaceae

Plants in the Ruschia genus are among the most striking, versatile and diverse of all succulents in the Mesembryanthemum group of the Aizoaceae...

14 / 11 / 2005 | Werner Voigt | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Ruschia maxima

Ruschia maxima
Common names: giant mountain vygie (Eng.)
Family: Aizoaceae

Ruschia maxima is one of the largest species in its genus. It has characteristically larger leaves than most other vygies and is crowned as the giant...

02 / 01 / 2012 | Ricardo Riddles | Karoo Desert NBG
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Restio paniculatus

Restio paniculatus
Common names: calopsis (English); besemgoed (Afrikaans)
Family: Restionaceae

This is an attractive waterside plant which is normally found growing in waterlogged soils on river or stream banks. ...

11 / 02 / 2002 | Andrew Hankey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Rinorea angustifolia subsp. natalensis

Rinorea angustifolia subsp. natalensis (Geoff Nichols)
Common names: white violetbush, narrow-leaved violetbush (Eng.), witviooltjiebos, smalblaarviooltjiebos (Afr.), ugudha-mfeni, umzungulu (isiXhosa), ithwakela, impic
Family: Violaceae

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10 / 04 / 2017 | Benjamin Festus | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Restio subverticillatus

Restio subverticillatus
Common names: broom restio (Eng.); besemriet (Afr.)
Family: Restionaceae

This is one of the most versatile plants of the large Cape Reed family. It can be planted in the garden but will also do well in a pot on a patio or on...

11 / 03 / 2002 | Hanneke Jamieson | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Rhynchosia caribaea

Rhynchosia caribaea (Geoff Nichols)
Common names: snoutbean (Eng.); rankboontjie (Afr.); monya-mali, monyamadi, morara wa iphepha, morarana-oa-liphepa, thara (Sesotho); isihlahlasenqomfi (isiZulu)
Family: Fabaceae

An indigenous, herbaceous climber; its roots are used in traditional medicine for the treatment of rheumatism and alleviation of headaches....

11 / 09 / 2017 | M.S. Mothogoane | National Herbarium Pretoria
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