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Bowiea volubilis

Bowiea volubilis flowers
Common names: climbing onion (Eng.); knolklimop (Af.); ugibisisila; iguleni (isiZulu); umgaqana (isiXhosa); gibizisila (isiSwati)
Family: Hyacinthaceae

Bowiea volubilis subsp volubilis has an unusual succulent adaptation - climbing inflorescences that harvest photosynthetic light in the absence of aerial...

14 / 03 / 2011 | Suvarna Parbhoo | CREW
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Streptocarpus baudertii

Streptocarpus baudertii
Common names: Cape primrose, wild gloxinia
Family: Gesneriaceae

Streptocarpus baudertii is a small herbaceous delight, with pretty mauve flowers and hairy leaves. It is special because it is not usually found in the...

07 / 03 / 2011 | Cherise Viljoen | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Asclepias bicuspis

Critically Endangered Asclepias bicuspis
Common names: none known
Family: Apocynaceae

Thought to be extinct and known from only six collections, two of which were collected over a hundred years ago, Asclepias bicuspis, was unexpectedly rediscovered...

07 / 03 / 2011 | Suvarna Parbhoo | CREW
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Boophone haemanthoides

Boophone haemanthoides subsp. ernesti-ruschii
Common names: Namaqua century plant (Eng.); gifbol, kwaslelie(Afr.)
Family: Amaryllidaceae

Boophone haemanthoides is a summer-flowering geophyte growing up to 500 mm tall. It looks very much like a primitive plant with at least two thirds of...

28 / 02 / 2011 | Graham Duncan | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Hyaenanche globosa

A young gifboom growing among sandstone rocks
Common names: hyaena-poison (Eng.); gifboom, wolwegifboom, wolweboontjie, boesmansgif
Family: Picrodendraceae

The gifboom is a large evergreen fynbos shrub or small tree endemic to the Gifberg of the northern Bokkeveld Escarpment just south of Vanrhynsdorp (northern...

28 / 02 / 2011 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Leucospermum cuneiforme

Leucospermum cuneiforme
Common names: wart-stemmed pincushion (Eng.), luisiesbos (Afr.)
Family: Proteaceae

Leucospermum cuneiforme produces its showy pincushions from spring into late summer, bringing welcome colour to the fynbos garden in mid summer....

21 / 02 / 2011 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Lebeckia

Lebeckia sepiaria
Common names: ganna (Afr.)
Family: Fabaceae

The genus Lebeckia is a group of 14 species that occur in the Northern, Western and Eastern Cape Provinces of South Africa. All the species have attractive...

21 / 02 / 2011 | S Boatwright | Compton Herbarium
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Erica taxifolia

Erica taxifolia foliage
Common names: yew-leaved heath
Family: Ericaceae

With its showy, bright pink, late summer flowers Erica taxifolia is a colourful addition to the fynbos garden, rockery or patio....

14 / 02 / 2011 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Arrowsmithia styphelioides

Flowering plant of A. styphelioides
Common names: There are no common names in use for this species.
Family: Asteraceae

This rare and endemic shrublet is a member of the daisy family and occurs only in a restricted area in the Eastern Cape Province....

14 / 02 / 2011 | Nicola Bergh | Compton Herbarium
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Nuxia congesta

Nuxia congesta flower heads
Common names: common wild elder, brittle wood (Eng.); gewone wildevlier (Afr.); umKhobesza (Xhosa); isiPhofane (Zulu)
Family: Stilbaceae

Nuxia congesta is a winter-flowering evergreen tree or shrub, with beautiful large heads of small, scented, long-lasting white or cream flowers. It...

07 / 02 / 2011 | M.S. Mothogoane | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Lampranthus bicolor

Bright yellow Lampranthus bicolor flowers
Common names: Bicoloured lampranthus (Eng.); bont vygie (Afr.)
Family: Aizoaceae

This is a beautiful species; when in bud, it displays the orange-red on the reverse of the petals, and as it opens it reveals their bright yellow upper...

07 / 02 / 2011 | Olivia Tyambetyu | Millennium Seed Bank Partnership
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Protea susannae

Protea susannae
Common names: stink-leaf sugarbush (Eng.); stinkblaarsuikerbos (Afr.)
Family: Proteaceae

This easy-to-grow protea has lovely flowers throughout the winter months....

31 / 01 / 2011 | Olivia Tyambetyu | Millennium Seed Bank Partnership
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Commiphora

Commiphora species © G. Nichols
Common names: corkwood, commiphora; (Eng.); kanniedood (Afr.)
Family: Burseraceae

The corkwoods are a fascinating group of trees, because of their bizarre appearance, but more importantly for their historical and biblical association...

31 / 01 / 2011 | Beate Hölscher | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Canthium ciliatum

Canthium ciliatum flowers & leaves © G. Nichols
Common names: hairy turkey berry (Eng.); harige bokdrol (Afr.); mulume-khoda (Venda); umnyushulumbe, umdakane, ubuchopho (Xhosa, Zulu), mvutfwamini (Swati).
Family: Rubiaceae

Canthium ciliatum is a hardy shrub or small tree found on forest margins and rock outcrops in the eastern regions of South Africa, and in Swaziland and...

24 / 01 / 2011 | Beate Hölscher | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Aloe zebrina

Aloe zebrina plant
Common names: zebra leaf aloe, spotted aloe (Eng.)
Family: Asphodelaceae

Imagine creating a breathtaking desertscape of rocks and pebbles and incorporating patches of Aloe zebrina in your illusion. This aloe is a sure must...

24 / 01 / 2011 | Hildegard Witbooi | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Limonium peregrinum

Limonium peregrinum flowers
Common names: sea lavender (Eng.); papierblom, strandroos (Afr.)
Family: Plumbaginaceae

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17 / 01 / 2011 | N Stoll | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Drosanthemum striatum

Drosanthemum striatum flowers
Common names: ice plant (Eng.); bergygie, vleisbos, porseleinbos (Afr.)
Family: Aizoaceae

An attractive hardy pink perennial vygie, ideal for most garden situations....

17 / 01 / 2011 | Ian Oliver | Karoo Desert NBG
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Combretum apiculatum subsp. apiculatum

Combretum apiculatum subsp. apiculatum
Common names: red bush willow (Eng.); rooiboswilg (Afr.); umbondwe (Zulu); imbondvo (Swazi); mohwidiri (Tswana); mohwelere (Sepedi); muvuvha (Tshivenda); ndhuva (Ts
Family: Combretaceae

Combretum apiculatum subsp. apiculatum is an attractive, deciduous, small to medium-sized tree that occurs in various savanna regions, often at low altitudes...

10 / 01 / 2011 | T.T. Masupa | Pretoria NBG
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Bulbine cremnophila

Bulbine cremnophila growing on a sandstone cliff in the Baviaanskloof (Eastern Cape) © G. Nichols
Common names: Baviaanskloof cliff bulbine (Eng.); Baviaanskloof kranskopieva (Afr.)
Family: Asphodelaceae

Bulbine cremnophila is a cliff hugger growing in small clusters with hanging leaves and yellow flowers during spring. It thrives in cultivation in containers...

10 / 01 / 2011 | | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Macrostylis squarrosa

Macrostylis squarrosa shrub
Common names: None recorded
Family: Rutaceae

Macrostylis squarrosa is a very attractive, densely bushy shrub of about 700 mm high. When it flowers in spring and summer, it is dotted with small...

03 / 01 / 2011 | Jean Meyer | National Herbarium Pretoria
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