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Pseudoscolopia polyantha

Pseudoscolopia polyantha.  Image A E van Wyk
Common names: false red pear ( Eng. ); valsrooipeer (Afr
Family: Salicaceae

Pseudoscolopia polyantha is a rare, near-threatened and little known tree restricted to a threatened habitat-forest margins....

14 / 07 / 2008 | Suvarna Parbhoo | CREW
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Mentha longifolia.  Photo G. Nichols
Common names: mint or sage family
Family: Lamiaceae

The Lamiaceae family is characterised by square stems, aromatic leaves (gland-dotted) and zygomorphic (irregular) flowers with the corolla usually 2-lipped....

21 / 07 / 2008 | Elizabeth Retief | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Phymaspermum acerosum

Image of P. acerosum in habitat
Common names: geelblombos (Afr.), isibhaha-segceke, umhlonishwa (Zulu)
Family: Asteraceae

The geelblombos will brighten up any dull area in the garden during the autumn months....

21 / 07 / 2008 | Karen Wall | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Aloe pictifolia

Aloe pictifolia growing at Kirstenbosch NBG
Common names: Kouga -aalwyn (Afr.), Kouga aloe (Eng.).
Family: Asphodelaceae

An attractive small aloe with greyish-green leaves ornamented with many white spots. It is easily grown and popular in cultivation....

28 / 07 / 2008 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Ursinia chrysanthemoides var. geyeri

Ursinia chrysanthemoides var. geyeri in bloom
Common names: coral ursinia, crimson ursinia
Family: Asteraceae

Once thought to be extinct, Ursinia chrysanthemoides var. geyeri, the crimson-flowered herbaceous daisy has found its way back into cultivation....

28 / 07 / 2008 | Adam Harrower | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Didymaotus lapidiformis

Image of D. lapidiformis in habitat
Common names: stone plant (Eng.); beeskloutjie (Afr.)
Family: Aizoaceae

 Didymaotus lapidiformis is a fascinating chunky succulent that looks like a lithops on steroids! It grows in the arid winter rainfall regions of...

04 / 08 / 2008 | Ian Oliver | Karoo Desert NBG
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Agathosma capensis

Image of Agathosma capensis
Common names: spicy buchu (Eng.); anysboegoe, steenbokboegoe (Afr.)
Family: Rutaceae

Agathosma capensis is a variable shrub with either hairy or hairless leaves. Flower colour ranges from mauve, pink to white or a bluish purple. Crushed...

04 / 08 / 2008 | Norma Lucas | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Leucadendron sessile

Female Leucadendron sessile bush
Common names: sun conebush, western sunbush (Eng.)
Family: Proteaceae

Leucadendron sessile is an easy-to-grow fynbos shrub that turns bright yellow during winter and spring. Leucadendrons are often overlooked, in favour...

11 / 08 / 2008 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Drosanthemum bicolor

Drosanthemum bicolor blooms
Common names: tweekleurporseleinbos (Afr.)
Family: Aizoaceae


11 / 08 / 2008 | Shireen Harris | Karoo Desert NBG
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Acmadenia trigona

Acmadenia trigona
Common names: Langeberg buchu (Eng.); Langeberg-boegoe (Afr.)
Family: Rutaceae

Acmadenia trigona, from the winter rainfall region, forms an upright shrub with spreading branches. It grows 0.3-0.7 m high. It is a single stem at the...

18 / 08 / 2008 | Norma Lucas | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Searsia magalismontana subsp. magalismontana

S. magalismontana subsp. magalismontana bush Photo: Linette Ferreira
Common names: bergtaaibos (Afr.)
Family: Anacardiaceae

Nowadays, when small gardens are the order of the day, this lovely little multistemmed shrub has been overlooked as a potential form plant for that special...

18 / 08 / 2008 | K Behr | Pretoria NBG
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Croton sylvaticus

Croton sylvaticus tree. Photo G. Nichols
Common names: forest fever-berry, woodland croton (Eng.); boskoorsbessie (Afr.), umFeze, uMagwaqane (Xhosa); umHloshazane, uGebeleweni, umZilanyoni, inDumbahlozi (Z
Family: Euphorbiaceae

Croton sylvaticus is a beautiful, spreading, leafy tree, up to 21 m, high sometimes less, usually with a tall, straight trunk up to 1 m in diameter....

25 / 08 / 2008 | Alec Naidoo | Pretoria NBG
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Pelargonium radens

Pelargonium radens flowers
Common names: rasp-leaved, multifid-leaved pelargonium
Family: Geraniaceae

This showy, scented pelargonium will bring delight to any fragrant garden....

25 / 08 / 2008 | Trevor Adams | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Ehrharta calycina

Ehrharta calycina
Common names: common ehrharta, common veld grass (Eng.); gewone ehrharta, rooigras, polgras (Afr.)
Family: Poaceae

Ehrharta calycina is usually perennial with strongly geniculate culms (stems), red-flowers and a creeping, branched rhizome....

01 / 09 / 2008 | Aluoneswi Caroline Mashau | Pretoria NBG
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Salvia lanceolata

Image of Salvia lanceolata flowers
Common names: rusty sage, lance-leaf sage (Eng.); rooisalie (Afr.)
Family: Lamiaceae

A lovely grey-green aromatic shrub with rusty red flowers for most of the year; rewardingly easy to grow and water-wise....

01 / 09 / 2008 | Cherise Viljoen | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Brachystelma barberae

Brachystelma barberae
Common names: platvoetaasblom (Afr.)
Family: Apocynaceae

Brachystelma barberae is without doubt the most spectacular species in the genus. It is probably the best known cultivated caudiciform asclepiad. If the...

08 / 09 / 2008 | Stoffel Petrus Pieter Bester | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Encephalartos arenarius

Encephalartos arenarius
Common names: Alexandria cycad, Kwa Qaba cycad (Eng.); uMphanga wakwa Qaba (Nguni)
Family: Zamiaceae

Encephalartos arenarius is a medium-sized, multi-stemmed, subterranean  plant about 1-2 m high. It grows well in semi-shade but can tolerate full...

08 / 09 / 2008 | Phakamani Xaba | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Protea coronata

Protea coronata flower head
Common names: green protea, green sugarbush (Eng.); groenhofiesuikerbos (Afr.)
Family: Proteaceae

Protea coronata has bright apple-green inflorescences hidden amongst its silvery foliage; it's not a showy garden shrub but the very attractive...

15 / 09 / 2008 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Strumeria prolifera flower-heads
Common names: Cape snowflake (Eng.); tolbol (Afr.)
Family: Amaryllidaceae


15 / 09 / 2008 | D Snijman | Compton Herbarium
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Parinari curatellifolia

Parinari curatellifolia tree
Common names: mobola-plum, cork tree, hissing tree (Eng.); grysappel, bosappel (Afr.); mmola (N. Sotho); mbulwa (Tsonga); mobola (Tswana); muvhula (Venda)
Family: Chrysobalanaceae

This attractive shade-providing tree is a prominent aspect in its environment, and it is no surprise that a tribute to the late Dr David Livingstone (a...

22 / 09 / 2008 | Hugh Glen | KwaZulu-Natal Herbarium
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