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Gethyllis villosa

Gethyllis villosa flower. Photo Lennart N.
Common names: hairy kukumakranka (Eng.); kukumakranka, koekemakranka, kroekemakrank (Afr.)
Family: Amaryllidaceae

Gethyllis villosa is one of the most intriguing members of the Amaryllidaceae family in southern Africa, due to its peculiar hairy, spiral foliage, fleeting...

10 / 10 / 2022 | Asiphe Mtsuma | Karoo Desert NBG
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Dianthus basuticus subsp. basuticus

Dianthus basuticus subsp. basuticus. Photo Deon du Plessis
Common names: Lesotho carnation, Lesotho pink, Drakensberg carnation (Eng.); Lesothose wilde-angelier (Afr.); hlokoa-la-tsela (Sesotho)
Family: Caryophyllaceae

Dianthus basuticus subsp. basuticus is an exquisite, almost tufted, evergreen to deciduous perennial. It is extremely hardy and bears a clump of beautiful,...

10 / 10 / 2022 | Lufuno Nenungwi | Free State NBG
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Sansevieria pearsonii

Sansevieria pearsonii
Common names: spiky mother-in-law’s-tongue, gemsbok horns, elephant’s toothpick (Eng.); bobbejaan-se-dood, gemsbokhoring (Afr.)
Family: Ruscaceae

Sansevieria pearsonii is a colony-forming, perennial succulent, with an upright fan of cylindrical leaves that end in a hard, sharp point. Easy to grow,...

03 / 10 / 2022 | Philisiwe Nonhlanhla Biyela | Pretoria NBG
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Agathosma martiana

Agathosma martiana flowers. Photo Johan Eksteen
Common names: Humansdorp buchu (Eng.); Humansdorp boegoe (Afr.)
Family: Rutaceae

A hardy, white-flowering, aromatic shrub for the fragrance, buchu or fynbos garden....

03 / 10 / 2022 | Roger Oliver | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Plectranthus grallatus

Plectranthus grallatus, Hogsback. Photo Nicola van Berkel
Common names: Drakensberg spurflower, tuberous spurflower (Eng.); Drakensberg spoorsalie, knolspoorsalie (Afr.); umnyamawempunzi (isiZulu)
Family: Lamiaceae

An herbaceous shrub, that resprouts annually from underground tuberous stems, with large, decorative, soft leaves and white flowers in late summer; easy...

26 / 09 / 2022 | Stemmer Ngalo | Free State NBG
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Azima tetracantha

Azima tetracantha, spines and fruits. Photo Alice Notten
Common names: bee-sting bush, needle bush, four-thorns, stink bush (Eng.); byangelbos, groendoring, spelddoring, naaldebos, naaibos, stinkbos (Afr.); igcegceleya, i
Family: Salvadoraceae

Azima tetracantha is an ornamental, scrambling shrub, with interesting tetragonal branches and large spines....

26 / 09 / 2022 | Sisanda Alakhe Velembo-Mhlauli | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica alopecurus

Erica alopecurus. Photo Suvarna Parbhoo Mohan
Common names: foxtail heath (Eng.); katstertheide (Eng.); chalbeke-e-nyenyane, chesa-litelu, molomo-oa-lekolo-kotoane (Sesotho)
Family: Ericaceae

Foxtail heath has interesting, leafy branches that resembles a fox’s tail, as the common name suggests. It has densely clustered spikes of small,...

19 / 09 / 2022 | Sibahle Gumede | Millennium Seed Bank Partnership
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Erica inflata

Erica inflata
Common names: balloon heath, inflated erica (Eng.); ballonheide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

Erica inflata is one of the brightest ericas and displays a profusion of umbels of urn-shaped flowers, varying from pale pink to dark rosy-pink, throughout...

19 / 09 / 2022 | Kamogelo Solomon Modimola | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Agathosma pattisonae

Agathosma pattisonae flowers close
Common names: boulder buchu (Eng.); klipboegoe (Afr.)
Family: Rutaceae

The boulder buchu is a rigid, aromatic, rock-squatting Agathosma only known from the Cedarberg in the Western Cape. Unique in its cliff and boulder habitat,...

12 / 09 / 2022 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Encephalartos dyerianus

Encephalartos dyerianus
Common names: Lillie’s Cycad, Lowveld Cycad (Eng.); Broodboom, Lillie-se-broodboom, Lillie-broodboom (Afr.)
Family: Zamiaceae

Encephalartos dyerianus is a medium-sized, bluish-green cycad with a very dense leaf canopy. This is an extremely rare cycad, and is endemic to South Africa,...

12 / 09 / 2022 | Lungisani Zondi | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Ledebouria reillyana

Ledebouria reillyana grows well in containders
Common names: Reilly’s African hyacinth
Family: Hyacinthaceae

A dwarf, cryptic bulbous plant, hidden deep in remote bush in the heart of Eswatini, usually producing one or two broad leaves and inconspicuous, strongly...

05 / 09 / 2022 | Andrew Hankey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Aponogeton angustifolius

Aponogeton angustifolius showing white petals and ripe orange pollen. Photo Stuart Hall
Common names: delicate Cape-pondweed, narrow-leaved Cape-pondweed (Eng.); delikate waterblommetjie, wateruintjie (Afr.)
Family: Aponogetonaceae

Aponogeton angustifolius is a freshwater aquatic, with small, ornamental floating leaves and delicate, short sprays of white flowers. It is becoming increasingly...

05 / 09 / 2022 | Graham Duncan | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Limeum aethiopicum

Limeum aethiopicum
Common names: pest lizard’s-foot (Eng.); koggelmandervoet, koggelmandervoetkaroo, aarbossie, boesmandagga (Afr.)
Family: Limeaceae

Limeum aethiopicum is a well-grazed veld plant, best suited to the arid areas because it is drought resistant....

29 / 08 / 2022 | Shireen Harris | Karoo Desert NBG
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Erica scytophylla

Erica scytophylla, pink form. Photo Alice Notten
Common names: leather-leaf heath (Eng.); leerblaarheide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

This shrub produces white or pink flowers in spring and early summer, usually from September to December, and is ideal for container planting....

29 / 08 / 2022 | Benjamin Festus | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Sorocephalus imbricatus

Sorocephalus imbricatus
Common names: tile-leaf clusterhead, tile-leaf powderpuff, gland-bearing soranthe (Eng.)
Family: Proteaceae

An outstanding shrub with rounded, sweetly scented flowerheads of white, silky hairy flowers with maroon perianths and pink bracts, that displays its horticultural...

22 / 08 / 2022 | Mashudu Nndanduleni | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Chionanthus foveolatus subsp foveolatus

Chionanthus foveolatus, leaves, stem, green fruits. Photo Reuben Heydenrych
Common names: pock ironwood (Eng.); pokysterhout (Afr.); idlebedudu, idlabatheka (isiZulu); umdlebe, umqumaswele, isiduli (isiXhosa); musiri (Tshivenda); morasane (
Family: Oleaceae

Chionanthus foveolatus subsp. foveolatus is a fairly hardy, attractive, evergreen, forest tree bearing sweetly scented, white flowers in spring to summer,...

22 / 08 / 2022 | Fergy Nkadimeng | Millennium Seed Bank Partnership
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Cyanella alba

Cyanella alba subsp. flavescens
Common names: white lady's-hand, white cyanella (Eng.); toe-toe-uintjie (Afr.)
Family: Tecophilaeaceae

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15 / 08 / 2022 | Sithandokuhle Wendy Ngcongo | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Serruria elongata

Serruria elongata
Common names: long-stalk spiderhead (Eng.); langsteelspinnekopbos (Afr.)
Family: Proteaceae

Among the elegant fynbos plants belonging to the Proteaceae family is Serruria elongata, also known as the long-stalk spiderhead, with its silvery pink,...

15 / 08 / 2022 | Nomndeni Nkosi | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Gladiolus serpenticola

Gladiolus serpenticola
Common names: serpentine sword lily, serpentine gladiolus
Family: Iridaceae

A striking, attractive, summer-flowering plant, with spectacular, giant flower spikes of 18 to 30, small, pale pink flowers with pale mauve markings on...

08 / 08 / 2022 | Winfred Velephi Ngwenya | Lowveld NBG
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Kniphofia ichopensis

Kniphofia ichopensis
Common names: Ixopo red-hot poker (Eng.), Ixopovuurpyl (Afr.) icacane (isiZulu).
Family: Asphodelaceae

This is a delicate, grass-like plant, with dull green, distichous leaves and mostly creamy or rarely pink flowers in a lax inflorescence in summer....

08 / 08 / 2022 | Bongekile Ndlovu | KwaZulu-Natal NBG
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