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Hypocalyptus sophoroides

Common names: red keur (Eng.); rooikeur (Afr.)
Family: Fabaceae

 Hypocalyptus sophoroides is a graceful shrub producing lots of colour in spring along with a beautiful sweet fragrance....

10 / 12 / 2012 | Louise Nurrish | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Berzelia abrotanoides

Berzelia abrotanoides in flower
Common names: redlegs (Eng.); rooibeentjies, vleiknoppiesbos, kolkol, fonteinbos (Afr.)
Family: Bruniaceae

Berzelia abrotanoides is a distinctive and beautiful, softly textured shrub endemic to the Western Cape. Displays of masses of fluffy ball-like flower...

03 / 12 / 2012 | Victoria Wilman | Millennium Seed Bank Partnership
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Barleria affinis

Barleria affinis
Common names: downy barleria (Eng.); fluweel barleria (Afr.)
Family: Acanthaceae

A hardy indigenous plant with interesting leaf colour and texture for sunny areas in your garden....

03 / 12 / 2012 | Willem Froneman | Lowveld NBG
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Pelargonium greytonense

Flowers and leaves
Common names: Greyton pelargonium
Family: Geraniaceae

 This is a fairly small, fragrant pelargonium for the scented garden....

26 / 11 / 2012 | Trevor Adams | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Grewia monticola

Fruits of Grewia monticola
Common names: grey raisin, silver raisin (Eng.); vaalrosyntjie (Afr.); umsiphane (Swazi); nsihana (Tsonga); mogwanakg & ocirc;mo, mogwana (Tswana); umlalampunzi, is
Family: Malvaceae

The mountain-loving Grewia monticola has beautiful, bright yellow flowers. It is a frost-resistant, hardy shrub or small tree that is adaptable to all...

26 / 11 / 2012 | M.S. Mothogoane | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Zantedeschia cut flowers
Common names: arum lilies, calla lilies, pig lily (Eng.); varkblom (Afr.)
Family: Araceae

Clump-forming perennials, cherished around the globe for their lush foliage and ornate blooms of white, yellow, pink and red....

19 / 11 / 2012 | Yashica Singh | KwaZulu-Natal Herbarium
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Crassula alpestris

Crassula alpestris
Common names: None found. Suggest: sand-coated crassula
Family: Crassulaceae

A unique and intriguing dwarf succulent from the Crassula family with the curious ability to cover itself in sand....

19 / 11 / 2012 | Adam Harrower | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Lannea discolor

New leaves
Common names: dikbas (Afr.); live-long, tree grape (Eng.); morulamopsane, mokgôkgôthwane (Sepedi); muvhumbu (Venda)
Family: Anacardiaceae


12 / 11 / 2012 | T.T. Masupa | Pretoria NBG
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Conophytym obcordellum subsp. obcordellum

C.obcordellum subsp obcordellum
Common names: dumpling
Family: Aizoaceae

Minute but spectacular; Conophytum species are amongst the most intriguing of all dwarf succulents and C. obcordellum is perhaps one of the most spectacular...

12 / 11 / 2012 | Adam Harrower | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Chlorophytum comosum

Common names: hen-and-chickens, spider plant (Eng.); hen-en-kuikens (Afr.); iphamba (Zulu)
Family: Agavaceae

Chlorophytum comosum is a perennial lily-like plant with tuberous roots, bearing spreading to recurved soft leaves from a central rosette and an elongated...

05 / 11 / 2012 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Grewia flavescens

Grewia flavescens
Common names: sandpaper raisin, rough-leaved raisinbush, square-stemmed raisin (Eng.); skurweblaarrosyntjie (Afr.); mogwane (N. Sotho); loklolo (Swazi); nsihana, nc
Family: Malvaceae

The light green Grewia flavescens has beautiful, bright yellow, and sometimes fragrant flowers. It is a frost-resistant, hardy shrub or small...

05 / 11 / 2012 | M.S. Mothogoane | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Spatalla mollis

Flower spike
Common names: woolly spoon
Family: Proteaceae

Spatalla mollis boasts attractive flower headlets of white or mauve flowers from July to December. The small shrubs blend in well with the surrounding...

29 / 10 / 2012 | Benjamin Festus | Harold Porter NBG
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Drosera pauciflora

Common names: sundew (Eng.); sondouw, vlieë vangertjie (Afr.)
Family: Droseraceae

Drosera pauciflora is another large-flowered, winter-growing carnivorous plant from South Africa....

29 / 10 / 2012 | Monique Mcquillan | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Common names: wild rosemary (Eng.); kapokbos, wilderoosmaryn (Afr.)
Family: Asteraceae

Highly aromatic shrubs which are most distinctive when covered in fluffy white fruiting heads from late spring to early summer. Thus the vernacular name, kapokbos (Afrikaans...

22 / 10 / 2012 | B Busch | Compton Herbarium
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Moraea loubseri

Moraea loubseri
Common names: None recorded
Family: Iridaceae

Moraea loubseri is a beautiful cormous plant from the Cape West Coast with violet-mauve blooms adorned with a prominent black beard. It is one of...

22 / 10 / 2012 | Graham Duncan | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Lachenalia neilii

Close up of flower
Common names: kleuterviooltjie (Afr.)
Family: Hyacinthaceae

Lachenalia neilii is a bulb endemic to the Bokkeveld Plateau and grows in heavy doleritic clay....

15 / 10 / 2012 | Eugene Marinus | Hantam NBG
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Felicia dubia

Felicia dubia
Common names: dwarf felicia (Eng.); saambreeltjies (Afr.)
Family: Asteraceae

The blue and yellow dwarf felicia is one of the many annuals turning Namaqualand into such a kaleidoscope of colours during winter and spring....

15 / 10 / 2012 | Roger Oliver | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Nemesia strumosa

Nemesia strumosa
Common names: nemesia (Eng.), balsa mienie, leeubekkie, rooileeubekkie (Afr.)
Family: Scrophulariaceae

This striking annual comes in yellow, orange, pink, cream, red, mauve or white, and on its own it is capable of creating a riot of colours so typical of...

08 / 10 / 2012 | Roger Oliver | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Dovyalis rhamnoides

Dovyalis rhamnoides showing spines and male flowers
Common names: common sourberry (Eng.); gewone suurbessie (Afr.); ukhamgwindi (Zulu); umqaqoba (Xhosa)
Family: Salicaceae

This is a spiny, evergreen shrub or tree bearing edible fruit. It is easily cultivated and attracts birds to the garden....

08 / 10 / 2012 | C Mudau | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Drosera cistiflora

Form from Niewoudtville
Common names: poppy-flowered sundew (Eng.);doublom, snotrosie (Afr.)
Family: Droseraceae

The magnificent flower, colour and variety of Drosera cistiflora will captivate any carnivorous plant enthusiast....

01 / 10 / 2012 | Monique Mcquillan | Kirstenbosch NBG
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