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Miraglossum davyi

Close up of flower
Common names: No known common names.
Family: Apocynaceae

Miraglossum davyi is indeed an astonishing plant when viewed close-up. The remarkable structure of the corona lobes of this rarely seen plant has...

05 / 08 / 2013 | Stoffel Petrus Pieter Bester | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Lachenalia fistulosa

Plant in flower
Common names: Cape hyacinth; viooltije (Afr.)
Family: Hyacinthaceae

A Cape hyacinth with flowers and scent to rival any European hyacinth....

05 / 08 / 2013 | Adam Harrower | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Xysmalobium pedifoetidum

Flower head
Common names: northern red-flowered cartwheel
Family: Apocynaceae

Despite the fact that Xysmalobium pedifoetidum is the most recently described member in its genus, it has been known by taxonomists for more than 50 years....

29 / 07 / 2013 | Stoffel Petrus Pieter Bester | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Strophanthus speciosus

Plant in flower
Common names: forest tailflower, poison rope, common poison rope, forest poison rope (Eng.); giftou, bobbejaantou, bosgiftou, osdoring (Afr.); umhlazazane (Swati/si
Family: Apocynaceae

Beware! This plant can be deadly in high doses, although it is used medicinally in moderate doses....

29 / 07 / 2013 | Hannelie Snyman | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Encephalartos middelburgensis

E.middelburgensis in habitat
Common names: Middelburg cycad (Eng.)
Family: Zamiaceae

Encephalartos middelburgensis is a blue-leaved cycad covered with persistent powdery bloom. It thrives in full sunlight and is frost-hardy. It is...

22 / 07 / 2013 | K w Sepheka | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Cyrtanthus flammosus

Cyrtanthus flammosus growing in habitat
Common names: Kouga flame lily (Eng.); Kouga-vlamlelie (Afr.)
Family: Amaryllidaceae

This exciting ornamental bulbous plant with its large solitary orange-red flower is only known from the cliffs along the Kouga River and adjacent territory...

22 / 07 / 2013 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Stoeberia carpii

In flower at Kirstenbosch
Common names: Vaalvygie
Family: Aizoaceae

Stoeberia carpii is one of six Stoeberia species endemic to the winter-rainfall region of South Africa and Namibia. They are shrubby leaf...

15 / 07 / 2013 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Protea cordata

Leaves and flowers: Photo Amida Johns
Common names: Heart-leaf sugarbush; hartblaarsuikerbos (Afr.)
Family: Proteaceae

This little protea is something of a Cinderella before the glass slipper came her way. The flower heads growing at ground level are unobtrusive, small...

15 / 07 / 2013 | Jane Forrester | Harold Porter NBG
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Searsia batophylla

Searsia batophylla
Common names: bramble currant (Eng.); braamtaaibos (Afr.)
Family: Anacardiaceae

The bramble currant is a shrub with conspicuously bicoloured (two-coloured), bramble-like leaves which make it easy to identify.This plant was previously...

08 / 07 / 2013 | J K Baloyi | Pretoria NBG
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Rhodocoma fruticosa

Rhodocoma fruticosa
Common names: kanet (Afr.)
Family: Restionaceae

Rhodocoma fruticosa is a tough, water-wise restio, perfect to use in a dry fynbos garden....

08 / 07 / 2013 | Louise Nurrish | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Zaluzianskya capensis

Flowers open in evening
Common names: drumsticks (Eng.); verfblommetjie (Afr.)
Family: Marsileaceae

This plant fills the evening air with a sweet fragrance that will give you joy from May to November. The flowers open towards the evening and remain open...

01 / 07 / 2013 | Benjamin Festus | Harold Porter NBG
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Pelargonium multicaule

Flowers of Pelargonium multicaule
Family: Geraniaceae

A beautiful sprawling pelargonium with dark pink flowers, ideal for hanging baskets as well as a good ground cover....

01 / 07 / 2013 | Trevor Adams | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Euclea undulata

Branch with leaves
Common names: small-leaved guarri, common guarri (Eng.); kleinblaarghwarrie, gewone ghwarrrie (Afr.); bergebenholzstrauch (Ger.); gwanxe, inkunzane, umshekizane, um
Family: Ebenaceae

Euclea undulata is one of the most common small trees across the vast subtropical and central interior regions of southern Africa. It is a most variable...

24 / 06 / 2013 | Werner Voigt | Karoo Desert NBG
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Elegia grandispicata

Male in flower
Common names: none known
Family: Restionaceae

Elegia grandispicata is a restio with large golden inflorescences that seem to glow in the early morning light....

24 / 06 / 2013 | Louise Nurrish | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Crassula tecta

Crassula tecta with old inflorescence
Common names: lizard skin crassula (Eng.); akkedisvel (Afr.)
Family: Crassulaceae

A diminutive and attractive grey-leaved succulent that is easy to grow and makes a great pot plant....

17 / 06 / 2013 | Adam Harrower | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Babiana hirsuta

Striking in flower
Common names: rooibobbejaantjie, strandlelie, sandlelie (Afr.)
Family: Iridaceae

Babiana hirsuta is a striking, robust, geophytic perennial that produces brilliant but unusual recurved red flowers on long flowering stems....

17 / 06 / 2013 | Werner Voigt | Karoo Desert NBG
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Euphorbia virosa

Euphorbia virosa flowers
Common names: poison euphorbia (Eng.); Boesmansgif, boomgif, gifboom, noors, melkbos, naboom ( Afr.); nhlangaume (Shangana)
Family: Euphorbiaceae

Euphorbia virosa has a short twisted main stem with large branches emerging from it. The stems are 4- or 5-angled with a pair of thorns at the edges....

10 / 06 / 2013 | Z Kontsiwe | Karoo Desert NBG
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Drosera cuneifolia

Flower
Common names: peninsula sundew (Eng.); skiereiland sondouw, vlie & euml; vangertjie (Afr.)
Family: Droseraceae

Drosera cuneifolia is a winter-growing sundew that is restricted to the Cape Peninsula....

10 / 06 / 2013 | Monique Mcquillan | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Streptocarpus aylae

Flower
Common names: Msikaba streptocarpus (Eng.); Msikaba tongviooltjie (Afr.)
Family: Gesneriaceae

This exciting ornamental, with its strap-shaped leaves in a central rosette and lilac to mauve bell-shaped flowers, was recently discovered and named from...

03 / 06 / 2013 | | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Dioscorea dregeana

Trifoliate leaves. Photo Geoff Nichols
Common names: wild yam (Eng.); wildejam (Afr.); ingcolo (Xhoza); isidakwa (Zulu)
Family: Dioscoreaceae

Dioscorea dregeana is a perennial, twining, herbaceous creeper, up to 15 m long....

03 / 06 / 2013 | M Mashiane | National Herbarium Pretoria
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