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Ledebouria atrobrunnea

Ledebouria atrobrunnea
Common names: dark brown African hyacinth (Eng.)
Family: Hyacinthaceae

This dwarf, range-restricted African hyacinth with erect leaves and characteristic dark brown persistent leaf bases, is an interesting and attractive plant...

21 / 12 / 2020 | Andrew Hankey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Ledebouria apertiflora

Ledebouria apertiflora
Common names: desert African hyacinth
Family: Hyacinthaceae

A medium-sized bulbous plant normally associated with arid areas. This species is widely distributed over a vast area of South Africa, most common in the...

22 / 10 / 2018 | Andrew Hankey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Linzia glabra

Linzia glabra
Common names: wild heliotrope
Family: Asteraceae

Linzia glabra is a strong-growing, herbaceous perennial that flowers throughout the summer, producing masses of flowers that look like little mauve...

27 / 01 / 2003 | Liesl Van der Walt | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Ledebouria ensifolia

Ledebouria ensifolia
Common names: Eastern Cape African hyacinth (Eng.)
Family: Hyacinthaceae

This is a fairly common species found mainly in the Eastern Cape Province; it is easily confused with several other species of Ledebouria, be sure to look...

01 / 02 / 2021 | Andrew Hankey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Ledebouria galpinii

Ledebouria galpinii
Common names: Kaapsche-Hoop African hyacinth
Family: Hyacinthaceae

A very attractive, dwarf, bulbous Ledebouria species, with dark purplish green, glossy leaves, which are pitted on the upper surface. This species is popular...

26 / 11 / 2018 | Andrew Hankey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Ledebouria burkei subsp. burkei

Ledebouria burkei subsp. burkei
Common names: brown African hyacinth (Eng.)
Family: Hyacinthaceae

Dwarf bulbous plant usually with leaves pressed to the ground or presented close to the ground. The leaves are brownish-green and usually deep red underneath....

22 / 02 / 2021 | Andrew Hankey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Lasiosiphon kraussianus

Gnidia kraussiana.  Image Geoff Nichols
Common names: yellow heads (English); harige gifbossie (Afr.); isidikili, imfuzane, umsilawengwe (isiZulu); umarhedeni (isiXhosa)
Family: Thymelaeaceae

Lasiosiphon kraussianus is a useful medicinal plant, but it can be very poisonous to humans. It can also be very poisonous to foraging animals....

31 / 12 / 2013 | M.S. Mothogoane | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Limonium capense

Limonium capense
Common names: Saldanha sea-pink (Eng.); saldanha strandroos (Afr.)
Family: Plumbaginaceae

A poorly known, drought-tolerant shrublet for coastal gardens, producing masses of pink papery flowers in early summer....

17 / 12 / 2018 | John Manning | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Lasiosiphon triplinervis

Heads of flowers
Common names: None recorded
Family: Thymelaeaceae

 An attractive yellow shrub that flowers throughout the year. This is one of the most underrated grassland forbs, drawing attention from a distance...

02 / 01 / 2006 | S Khanyile | KwaZulu-Natal NBG
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Ledebouria revoluta

Ledebouria revoluta
Common names: common African hyacinth (Eng.); bokhoe (Sso.); icubudwana (Zul.); inqwebebane, ubuhlungu (Xho.)
Family: Hyacinthaceae

A widespread and very common species, this attractive Ledebouria shows a tremendous amount of variation across its extensive range....

31 / 12 / 2018 | Andrew Hankey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Ledebouria rupestris

Ledebouria rupestris
Common names: Mac-Mac African hyacinth
Family: Hyacinthaceae

An attractive dwarf Ledebouria forming dense clusters of many tiny bulbs which flower freely and make a handsome pot subject. This highly range restricted...

14 / 01 / 2019 | Andrew Hankey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Ledebouria socialis

Ledebouria socialis
Common names: silver African hyacinth, silver squill
Family: Hyacinthaceae

This attractive, small bulbous plant, is by far the most popular of all the Ledebouria species, enjoyed by many collectors of rare and unusual plants,...

21 / 01 / 2019 | Andrew Hankey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Ledebouria ovatifolia subsp. scabrida

Ledebouria ovatifolia subsp. scabrida
Common names: Mdumbeni River Valley African Hyacinth
Family: Hyacinthaceae

An unusual flat-leaved Ledebouria which has leaves pressed flat on the ground and the upper surface of the leaves adorned with tongue-shaped papillae which...

28 / 01 / 2019 | Andrew Hankey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Lapeirousia anceps

Lapeirousia anceps
Common names: sandveld cabong, cabung, chabi (Eng.); pienk koringblom (Afr.); cabong (Namaqua)
Family: Iridaceae

A small bulbous plant that is drought tolerant and thrives on low rainfall, transforming the veld with a spectacular display of masses of tubular, white...

04 / 02 / 2019 | Shireen Harris | Karoo Desert NBG
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Ledebouria inquinata

Ledebouria inquinata
Common names: wild African hyacinth (Eng.); bokhoe (Sesotho.); icubudwana (isiZulu.); inqwebebane, ubuhlungu (isiXhosa.)
Family: Hyacinthaceae

A dwarf bulbous plant with tapered green leaves, which are usually attractively spotted with dark brown spots and blotches. The bulbs are covered with...

17 / 05 / 2021 | Andrew Hankey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Ledebouria minima

Ledebouria minima
Common names: dwarf African hyacinth
Family: Hyacinthaceae

A dwarf ledebouria, with erect to spreading, grass-like leaves and very small bulbs, usually locally abundant, where it occurs in moist soil in grassland;...

28 / 11 / 2016 | Andrew Hankey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Leucospermum prostratum

Leucospermum prostratum
Common names: yellow trailing pincushion
Family: Proteaceae

Leucospermum prostratum forms a charismatic, trailing carpet with scented, bright yellow, apricot, and then red flowers....

04 / 10 / 2014 | Phumza Bavuma | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Lachnaea densiflora

Lachnaea densiflora
Common names: blushing mountain carnation (Eng.); bergangelier (Afr.)
Family: Thymelaeaceae

The rare Lachnaea densiflora flowers in spring along the Palmiet River and in the Klein River Mountains to Bredasdorp in the Western Cape....

15 / 06 / 2015 | Nosiphelele Patricia Mapukata | Harold Porter NBG
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Ledebouria marginata

Ledebouria marginata. Verloren Valei.
Common names: tough-leaved African hyacinth
Family: Hyacinthaceae

An attractive Ledebouria with erect, fibrous leaves and large bulb, often locally common with regional variations; it occurs over a wide area of the eastern...

23 / 01 / 2017 | Andrew Hankey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Ledebouria caesiomontana

Ledebouria caesiomontana
Common names: Blouberg African hyacinth
Family: Asphodelaceae

This small and cryptic species remains very elusive in its natural habitat, due to its ability to hide amongst grasses and other vegetation, as a result...

09 / 08 / 2021 | Andrew Hankey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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