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Ceriops tagal

Ceriops tagal (Geoff Nichols)
Common names: Indian mangrove (Eng), Indiese wortelboom (Afr), isinkaha (Zul.)
Family: Rhizophoraceae

A compact branched tree or shrub with a distinctive root growth, fascinating growth habit and seeds, occurring in the tidal estuaries, lagoons and swamps,...

23 / 07 / 2018 | Mpendulo Gabayi | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Canthium spinosum

Canthium spinosum (Geoff Nichols)
Common names: thorny turkey-berry, coastal turkey-berry, coastal canthium, thorny rock-alder (Eng.); doringklipels, doringbokdrol (Afr.); ubuchopho benja, isiphamba
Family: Rubiaceae

A shrub or small tree with spiny branches, pale grey bark and edible berries that are also popular with birds. It makes an excellent hedge, and the wood...

16 / 07 / 2018 | Cathbert Makgakga | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Asparagus densiflorus ‘Cwebe’

Asparagus densiflorus 'Cwebe'
Common names: Cwebe asparagus fern, Cwebe emerald fern, Cwebe basket asparagus (Eng.); smaragsiervaring (Afr.); isiqobola, umgcagcazane, uvelabahleke (Zul.)
Family: Asparagaceae

A handsome ornamental perennial whose graceful spreading fronds has broader needle-like leaflets than the other varieties of asparagus fern. New foliage...

16 / 07 / 2018 | Cherise Viljoen | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Ledebouria cooperi

Ledebouria cooperi
Common names: Cooper’s African hyacinth
Family: Hyacinthaceae

A widespread and common species usually associated with water or moist vegetation types, Cooper’s African Hyacinth is an attractive, small bulbous...

09 / 07 / 2018 | Andrew Hankey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Aloe kamnelii

Aloe kamnelii
Common names: Doorn River aloe (Eng.); Doringrivier-aalwyn (Afr.)
Family: Asphodelaceae

Aloe kamnelii is a shrubby, ascending aloe, with glossy green leaves and yellow flowers in spring, that is endemic to the Doorn River of the Western Cape,...

09 / 07 / 2018 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Lachnospermum imbricatum

Lachnospermum imbricatum
Common names: purple-centre everlasting (Eng.); blombossie (Afr.)
Family: Asteraceae

A beautiful shrub with pink or purple-centred, daisy-like flowers surrounded by a ring of white, papery bracts. Occurring in the extreme southwestern Cape,...

02 / 07 / 2018 | Karen Wall | Harold Porter NBG
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Erica lutea

Erica lutea
Common names: yellow-rice heath, rice heath (Eng.); geelrysheide, rysheide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

A small fynbos shrublet which has masses of shiny white to yellow flowers in late summer and autumn....

02 / 07 / 2018 | Sinikeziwe Ncaphayi | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Lydenburgia abbottii

Lydenburgia abbottii
Common names: Pondo Bushman’s Tea (Eng.); pondoboesmanstee (Afr.)
Family: Celastraceae

Pondo Bushman’s Tea is a tall tree, and one of the rarest trees in South Africa, occurring in ravine forest in just 2 river gorges....

25 / 06 / 2018 | Lungisani Zondi | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Melinis repens

Melinis repens
Common names: Natal red top (Eng.); bergrooigras (Afr.)
Family: Poaceae

An attractive, yet hardy tufted grass, which requires little maintenance for a showy display in spring and summer....

25 / 06 / 2018 | Phakamani Xaba | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Curio radicans

Curio radicans
Common names: baboon toes, banana vine, creeping berry, necklace plant, string-of-bananas, string-of-fishhooks (Eng.); bobbejaantoontjies, bobbejaanvingertjies, bok
Family: Asteraceae

Curio radicans is a versatile succulent which can either act as a ground cover or an overflowing hanging pot plant; it is a beautiful addition to any garden...

18 / 06 / 2018 | Ashton Welcome | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Lampranthus tegens

Lampranthus tegens
Common names: mat-lampranthus (Eng.); matvygie (Afr.)
Family: Aizoaceae

A flat-growing, mat-forming, leaf succulent, often rooting at the nodes, and an easy-to-grow, drought tolerant plant for fynbos gardens, especially on...

18 / 06 / 2018 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Barleria lichtensteiniana

Barleria lichtensteiniana
Common names: little porcupine (Eng.); rolvarkie, klapperbossie (Afr.)
Family: Acanthaceae

Barleria lichtensteiniana, the jewel of the Kalahari....

11 / 06 / 2018 | Willem Froneman | Lowveld NBG
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Arctotis aspera

Arctotis aspera
Common names: rough arctotis (Eng.); taaigousblom (Afr.)
Family: Asteraceae

A tough, soft-wooded perennial from the mountainous and coastal fynbos areas that flowers for the most part of the year. Once established, it hardly needs...

11 / 06 / 2018 | Roger Oliver | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Aloe lineata var. muiri

Aloe lineata var. muirii
Common names: none
Family: Asphodelaceae

Aloe lineata var. muiri is an attractive and rewarding garden plant. Its striking yellowish green leaves and tall flower spikes will give much needed contrast...

04 / 06 / 2018 | Ricardo Riddles | Karoo Desert NBG
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Dalbergia armata

Dalbergia armata (Geoff Nichols)
Common names: thorny-rope, flat-bean, Hluhluwe climber (Eng.); doringtou (Afr.); umhluhluwe, uthathawe (isiZulu); omqokolo, ubobo, umzungulu (isiXhosa); sehlokootsw
Family: Fabaceae

Dalbergia armata has attractive acacia-like leaves and makes an excellent bonsai tree. It is a rather distinct climber, with stout thorns and it is a member...

04 / 06 / 2018 | Sisanda Alakhe Velembo-Mhlauli | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Paranomus longicaulis

Paranomus longicaulis
Common names: woolly sceptre, exploding baked apple (Eng.); poppiesbos (Afr.)
Family: Proteaceae

Densely white-woolly, pink and brown flowerheads, forming a short bottlebrush on a long, flowering branch, in spring to summer, with unusual foliage, bearing...

28 / 05 / 2018 | Mashudu Nndanduleni | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Kniphofia acraea

Kniphofia acraea
Common names: highlands poker
Family: Asphodelaceae

A rare, small Kniphofia that is endemic to South Africa, only known from two areas high in the mountains of the Eastern Cape Province, near Cradock and...

28 / 05 / 2018 | Ntuthuko Mabuya | Pretoria NBG
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Schistostephium rotundifolium

Schistostephium rotundifolium
Common names: round-leaf flat-flower (Eng.); imadliwazimbuzi (Zul.)
Family: Asteraceae

A bushy shrub with decorative foliage and attractive yellow flowerheads in autumn to winter, suitable for sun or semi-shade....

21 / 05 / 2018 | Samuel Lekhetho | Free State NBG
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Cotyledon egglii

Cotyledon egglii
Common names: Barberton pig’s ears (Eng.); Barberton-plakkie (Afr.)
Family: Crassulaceae

A recently named succulent shrublet, recognized by its wedge-shaped (cuneiform), green leaves, sparsely beset with glandular hairs and bearing tubular,...

21 / 05 / 2018 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Setaria verticillata

Setaria verticillata
Common names: bristly foxtail grass, bur bristlegrass, cat’s tails, klits setaria, love grass (Eng.); kat(te)stert(gras), klawergras, kleefgras, klitsgras, steekg
Family: Poaceae

Setaria verticillata is a species of grass known by the common name, bur bristlegrass. It is easily distinguished from other Setaria species by retrorsely...

14 / 05 / 2018 | Aluoneswi Caroline Mashau | National Herbarium Pretoria
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