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Stayneria neilii

In flower
Common names: white-flowered mesemb (Eng.); witblomvygie (Afr.)
Family: Aizoaceae

Scarce in cultivation, this attractive water-wise succulent shrub is not well known in horticulture but is ideal for arid gardens in the winter-rainfall...

25 / 02 / 2013 | Shireen Harris | Karoo Desert NBG
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Metarungia longistrobus

In flower
Common names: sunbird bush (Eng.); sonbekkiebos (Afr.)
Family: Acanthaceae

Metarungia longistrobus is an unusual, attractive evergreen shrub for the shade garden, with long orange-brown flowers in candle-shaped inflorescences...

25 / 02 / 2013 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Hermas villosa

Flowering in habitat
Common names: Tinderleaf (Eng.); tontelblaar (Afr.)
Family: Apiaceae

The creamy green flowers of this fynbos shrublet usually light up the veld from late summer to late autumn. However its allure doesn't stop there....

04 / 03 / 2013 | Roger Oliver | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Moraea worcesterensis

Flowers
Common names: No names recorded
Family: Iridaceae

The critically endangered Moraea worcesterensis with striking dark purple flowers is very scarce in cultivation....

04 / 03 / 2013 | Lize Wolfaardt | Karoo Desert NBG
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Crassula congesta

Crassula congesta
Common names: none found
Family: Crassulaceae

A unique and intriguing dwarf succulent with sweet-smelling flowers well-suited to pot cultivation....

11 / 03 / 2013 | Adam Harrower | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Moraea longiaristata

Flower
Common names: no names recorded
Family: Iridaceae

Moraea longiaristata is endemic to the Caledon Swartberg, which is a very special mountain home to many endemic and threatened plant species. This...

11 / 03 / 2013 | M Treurnicht | CREW
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Dioscorea strydomiana

Dioscorea strydomiana (Mervyn Lotter)
Common names: Ebutsini wild yam, Strydom's wild yam
Family: Dioscoreaceae

In a recent international publication the South African wild yam Dioscorea strydomiana was included among the world's 100 most threatened species....

18 / 03 / 2013 | Lize Von Staden | TSP
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Pelargonium scabroide

Flowers of P.scabroide
Common names: no names recorded
Family: Geraniaceae

A fairly small pelargonium suited for small rockeries in partially shaded areas....

18 / 03 / 2013 | Trevor Adams | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Euryops virgatus

Flowers and leaves
Common names: Nieuwoudtville resin bush (Eng.); Nieuwoudtville harpuisbos (Afr.)
Family: Asteraceae

Euryops virgatus has an extremely limited distribution area, and there are only three very small populations left, totalling a few hundred plants....

25 / 03 / 2013 | Colleen Rust | Hantam NBG
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Lampranthus tenuifolius

Flowers
Common names: None
Family: Aizoaceae

Lampranthus tenuifolius is the ideal plant for the harsh conditions experienced on the Cape Flats. Its waterwise nature and beautiful flowers will provide...

25 / 03 / 2013 | James Deacon | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Barleria dinteri

Barleria dinteri
Common names: leather leaf barleria (Eng.); Ludwigslust barleria (Afr.)
Family: Acanthaceae

This is one of the lesser known barlerias, suitable for a sunny spot in your garden....

01 / 04 / 2013 | Willem Froneman | Lowveld NBG
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Salvia dolomitica

Flowers of Salvia dolomitica
Common names: dolomite sage, pilgrim's rest pink sage (Eng.)
Family: Lamiaceae

The dolomite sage is the perfect, hardy, frost tolerant shrub for every garden which will reward its gardener with its long summer display and aromatic...

01 / 04 / 2013 | Monique Mcquillan | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Caesalpinia rostrata

Flowers
Common names: beakpod plumeflower/ beaked plumeflower (Eng.); tuitpeulpronkstert (Afr.)
Family: Fabaceae

This medium to large scrambling shrub with its beautiful leaf patterns produces pink flowers towards the end of the year. It is an interesting plant for...

08 / 04 / 2013 | Lou-nita LeRoux | Lowveld NBG
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Sparrmannia africana

Flowers
Common names: Cape stock rose, wild stock rose, African hemp, Cape hollyhock (Eng.); Kaapse stokroos, wildestokroos (Afr.)
Family: Malvaceae

Sparrmannia africana is an easy-to-grow large shrub for a shady area with lush, soft, heart-shaped leaves and pretty white flowers with a puff of...

08 / 04 / 2013 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Cheiridopsis denticulata

Cheiridopsis denticulata
Common names: t'noutsiama (Nama)
Family: Aizoaceae

Oh, it's flowering time: it's really awesome to see what mesembs look like when blooming in their natural habitat....

15 / 04 / 2013 | Stemmer Ngalo | Free State NBG
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Macrostylis villosa

Macrostylis villosa
Common names: Buchu (Eng.); kousieboegoe (Afr.)
Family: Rutaceae

Macrostylis villosa is a neat compact aromatic shrub producing clusters of white flowers over a long flowering period. Planted together with other...

15 / 04 / 2013 | Victoria Wilman | Millennium Seed Bank Partnership
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Helichrysum grandiflorum

Flowerhead
Common names: sewejaartjie, witsewejaartjie (Afr.) (= Gnaphalium grandiflorum L.)
Family: Asteraceae

This white-greyish woolly subshrub is a `must have' for any fynbos waterwise garden. It is sun-loving and has pale yellow to dull creamy white inflorescences...

22 / 04 / 2013 | Zoleka Maphanga | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Hibiscus tiliaceus

Hibiscus tiliaceus flower Image Geoff Nichols
Common names: wild cotton tree, coast hibiscus, lagoon hibiscus, tree hibiscus (Eng.); wildekatoenboom, kusvuurblom (Afr.)
Family: Malvaceae

Hibiscus tiliaceus is the only Hibiscus species which really becomes a small tree. It belongs to a family that is unmistakable when in flower, the cotton...

22 / 04 / 2013 | Nonkululo Phephu | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Drosanthemum hallii

Drosanthemum hallii
Common names: None recorded
Family: Aizoaceae

Gardeners will welcome the bright yellow, showy flowers of Drosanthemum hallii . This shrubby perennial gives a lustrous display of flowers in early spring,...

29 / 04 / 2013 | Ricardo Riddles | Karoo Desert NBG
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Salvia dentata

Flowers and clayx which remains after flower falls
Common names: Toothed sage (Eng.); bergsalie, blousalie (Afr.)
Family: Lamiaceae

Salvia dentata is a wonderful, aromatic, evergreen shrub with prolific flowers suitable for water-wise gardens....

29 / 04 / 2013 | Monique Mcquillan | Kirstenbosch NBG
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