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Elephantorrhiza elephantina

Elephantorrhiza elephantina - an individual flowering branch projecting from the ground
Common names: eland's bean, eland's wattle, elephant's root (Eng.); baswortel, elandsboontjie, leerbossie, looiersboontjie, olifantswortel (Afr.); mupangara (Shona)
Family: Fabaceae

Underground trees might sound like a new environmentalist movement, but these fascinating plants do exist in reality. In more than one way, they've...

12 / 07 / 2010 | Alicia Grobler | Pretoria NBG
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Hibiscus pedunculatus

Hibiscus pedunculatus flower
Common names: pink mallow, forest pink hibiscus (Eng.); wildestokroos, pienk hibiskus (Afr.); indola ebomvu (Zulu)
Family: Malvaceae

A delicate, delightful, indigenous hibiscus, with bright pink flowers on dainty stalks....

12 / 07 / 2010 | Cherise Viljoen | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Haplocladium angustifolium

Haplocladium angustifolium
Common names: Narrow-leaved small-feathered moss
Family: Leskeaceae

The mosses are a group of non-flowering plants belonging to the Bryophyta division of the main plant kingdom. They are fairly small with most of their...

05 / 07 / 2010 | N Phepo | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Diascia patens

Diascia patens 'Cheeky Chief'
Common names: twinspurs (Eng.); horingkies (Afr.)
Family: Scrophulariaceae

Little is known about the petite Diascia patens with its clambering habit and long flowering season. It should have made its appearance as a quaint addition...

05 / 07 / 2010 | Monique Mcquillan | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Bachmannia woodii

Bachmannia woodii flowers
Common names: Four-finger Bush (E); Viervingerbos (Afr); umPhunzisa (X), umTswantswantsa (X)
Family: Brassicaceae


28 / 06 / 2010 | V Maharaj | KwaZulu-Natal NBG
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Paranomus reflexus

Paranomus reflexus flowerheads
Common names: Van Staden's sceptre
Family: Proteaceae

Paranomus reflexus is an unusual, decorative fynbos shrub with showy winter flowers; it is probably the best known paranomus but is not often seen...

28 / 06 / 2010 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Phyllanthus reticulatus

Phyllanthus reticulatus foliage
Common names: potato plant, roast potato plant (Eng); aartappelbos (Afr); intaba-yengwe, umchumelo (isiZulu); thethenya (xiTsonga)
Family: Phyllanthaceae

Phyllanthus reticulatus is usually a dense deciduous shrub or small tree with a distinct smell that is emitted by the minute flowers when they open...

21 / 06 / 2010 | Mandisa Kondlo | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Pelargonium lanceolatum

Pelargonium lanceolatum
Common names: spear-leaved pelargonium
Family: Geraniaceae

Pelargonium lanceolatum is an excellent plant for a small rockery garden....

21 / 06 / 2010 | Trevor Adams | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Calobota cytisoides

Calobota cytisoides inflorescence
Common names: bush ganna (Eng.), ganna, geelertjiebos, kristinabos (Afr.)
Family: Fabaceae

Calobota cytisoides is an attractive, yellow-flowered shrub which is widespread in the Western Cape Province of South Africa....

14 / 06 / 2010 | S Boatwright | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Begonia dregei

Begonia dregei male flower
Common names: dwarf wild begonia, maple-leaved begonia, wild begonia (Eng.); wildebegonia (Afr.); iDlula (IsiZulu)
Family: Begoniaceae

Begonia dregei is a spectacular herbaceous, summer-flowering, shade-loving perennial that makes an excellent indoor display pot plant. It is an evergreen...

14 / 06 / 2010 | Phakamani Xaba | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Marasmodes undulata
Common names: autumn aster
Family: Asteraceae

The relatively unknown genus Marasmodes is confined to the lowlands of the south-western Western Cape and occurs in the critically endangered Renosterveld...

07 / 06 / 2010 | C Cowell | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Aloe cryptopoda

Common names: tweekleur-aalwyn, geelaalwyn (Afrikaans)
Family: Asphodelaceae

Aloe cryptopoda is a very attractive and unique species; it is a popular garden plant and provides a spectacular display when in full flower. It thrives...

07 / 06 / 2010 | Patrick Mtsweni | Lowveld NBG
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Erepsia pillansii

Erepsia pillansii shrublet
Common names: Piketberg vygie, Catherine wheel (Eng.)
Family: Aizoaceae

An erect shrublet with striking magenta and white flowers, Erepsia pillansii is endemic to the Piketberg Mountains....

31 / 05 / 2010 | C Cowell | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Cenchrus ciliaris

Common names: foxtail buffalo grass (Eng.); bloubuffelgras (Afr.)
Family: Poaceae

Cenchrus ciliaris is a perennial, tufted grass. The inflorescence is a bristly 'spike' (like a cat's tail) and is nearly always purple to...

31 / 05 / 2010 | Aluoneswi Caroline Mashau | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Protea stokoei

Protea stokoei bush
Common names: pink sugarbush
Family: Proteaceae

The Cape Floristic Region is known for its extraordinary plant diversity and for the gems that can be found amongst it. One of these gems is Protea...

24 / 05 / 2010 | Berenice Carolus | Harold Porter NBG
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Plectranthus fruticosus 'Liana'

Common names: Liana spurflower (Eng.); muishondblaar (Afr.)
Family: Lamiaceae

A striking new cultivar with blue-mauve flowers for shade or semi-sun that will tolerate frost....

24 / 05 / 2010 | Adam Harrower | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica nana

Common names: dwarf heath
Family: Ericaceae

As winter begins to loosen its grip in the Cape, spring is heralded by a magnificent profusion of sunshine yellow as Erica nana comes into flower....

17 / 05 / 2010 | Julia Dabush | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Barleria prionitis subsp. delagoensis

Barleria prionitis subsp. delagoensis flowers and foliage
Common names: Delagoa Bay barleria, porcupine flower
Family: Acanthaceae

If you are living in a subtropical area and looking for a fast growing, indigenous plant to solve your problem of planting open sunny areas in your garden,...

17 / 05 / 2010 | Willem Froneman | Lowveld NBG
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Erica psittacina

Erica psittacina flowers
Common names: Hlabeni heath
Family: Ericaceae

Erica psittacina, discovered by chance in 2002 during an orchid field trip, is the most restricted Erica species in KwaZulu-Natal province....

10 / 05 / 2010 | Suvarna Parbhoo | CREW
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Aster laevigatus

Aster laevigatus flower head
Common names: Van Staden's aster
Family: Asteraceae

 Aster laevigatus is a little, white to mauve daisy first discovered in the early 1900's. Only a single specimen was taken to London and...

10 / 05 / 2010 | C Cowell | Kirstenbosch NBG
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