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Haplocarpha scaposa

Haplocarpha scaposa
Common names: false gerbera (Eng.); melktou (Afr.); khutsana (Southern Sotho); isikhali (Xhosa)
Family: Asteraceae


10 / 09 / 2007 | E Lithudzha | Pretoria NBG
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Senecio exuberans

Inflorescence © Peter Wragg
Common names: none recorded
Family: Asteraceae

When Senecio exuberans was described in 1943 it was said to be 'one of the most characteristic features' of the grasslands around Pietermaritzburg...

03 / 09 / 2007 | Lize Agenbag | TSP
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Roridula dentata

Flower of Roridula dentata
Common names: flycatcher bush, bug plant, fly bush (Eng.); vliëebos (Afr.)
Family: Roridulaceae

Roridula dentata is a tentacle-leaved shrub that has a unique symbiotic relationship with the assassin bug, Pameridea marlothii. Although commonly known...

03 / 09 / 2007 | C Cowell | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Typha capensis

Typha capensis
Common names: bulrush ( Eng.); papkuil, matjiesriet (Afr.); ibhuma (Zulu, Swazi); ingcongolo (Xhosa); motsitla (Sesotho)
Family: Typhaceae

Typha capensis is synonymous with most large as well as small freshwater bodies. These perennial, leafy aquatic plants with their distinctive velvety-brown...

27 / 08 / 2007 | Werner Voigt | Harold Porter NBG
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Acmadenia macropetala

Plant in flower
Common names: large-petal acmadenia
Family: Rutaceae


27 / 08 / 2007 | Norma Jodamus | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Pelargonium inquinans

Flower head
Common names: scarlet pelargonium ( Eng. ); wildemalva (Afr.), ibhosisi (Xho.)
Family: Geraniaceae

Pelargonium inquinans with its striking flowers will bring colour to your garden throughout the year....

20 / 08 / 2007 | Trevor Adams | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Diospyros mespiliformis

Green fruits
Common names: African ebony, jackal-berry (Eng.); jakkalsbessie (Afr.); Musuma (Tshivenda); Mgula (Tsonga)
Family: Ebenaceae

Diospyros mespiliformis has a fantastic mutualism and symbiotic network with many living organisms, from human beings to small insects. There is a complex...

20 / 08 / 2007 | Thompson T Mutshinyalo | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Selago canescens

In flower
Common names: canescent selago, bitter bush ( Eng. ); blouaarbossie (Afr.)
Family: Scrophulariaceae

Selago canescens bursts into flower in early spring when most plants in the garden are still recovering after the cold winter. An added attraction is the...

13 / 08 / 2007 | Liesl Van der Walt | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Struthiola argentea

Flowering stem
Common names: roemenaggie, aandgonna, slapgonna, slapaand (Afr.)
Family: Thymelaeaceae

Struthiola argentea is a slender sun-loving shrublet with yellow to reddish-orange flowers. It is dramatic when massed, especially if planted close to...

13 / 08 / 2007 | Phakamani Xaba | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Berzelia stokoei

Flowers of Berzelia stokoei
Common names: red kolkol (Eng.); rooistompie (Afr.)
Family: Bruniaceae

The striking red flowers of Berzelia stokoei are a sight to behold when walking in the tranquil mountains of the Overberg region. This plant was previously...

06 / 08 / 2007 | Berenice Carolus | Harold Porter NBG
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Brunia stokoei

See Berzelia stokoei...

06 / 08 / 2007 | | Harold Porter NBG
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Aloe speciosa

Aloe speciosa flower heads
Common names: tilt-head aloe (Eng.); spaansaalwyn, slaphoringaalwyn (Afr.); ikhala (Xhosa)
Family: Asphodelaceae

Aloe speciosa is a handsome plant having decorative blue-green leaves with deep pink to pale red, serrated leaf margins, and dense cylindrical flower...

06 / 08 / 2007 | Lusindiso Xulubana | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Leucospermum reflexum

Common names: var. reflexum : rocket pincushion, sky-rocket pincushion (Eng. ); perdekop (Afr.). var. luteum : yellow rocket pincushion (Eng.); geel perdekop (Afr
Family: Proteaceae

A fireworks display in your garden during the day time is quite possible if you plant the magnificent rocket pincushions! These lovely, tall, upright pincushion...

30 / 07 / 2007 | Jane Forrester | Harold Porter NBG
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Coleonema calycinum

Bush in flower
Common names: confetti bush, broom buchu (Eng.); boegoe (Afr.)
Family: Rutaceae


30 / 07 / 2007 | Norma Jodamus | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Phygelius aequalis

Phygelius aequalis
Common names: river bell, wild fuchsia (Eng.); foksia, rivierklokkie (Afr.); metsi-matso (Southern Sotho)
Family: Scrophulariaceae

A beautiful, lush, fast-growing, evergreen perennial, with spikes of showy trumpet-shaped, red or yellow flowers and a long blooming season....

23 / 07 / 2007 | Karen Wall | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Cyrtanthus herrei

Cyrthanthus herrei
Common names: Richtersveld cyrtanthus
Family: Amaryllidaceae

This striking bulb comes from arid parts of southern Africa....

23 / 07 / 2007 | Ian Oliver | Karoo Desert NBG
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Pelargonium magenteum

Pelargonium magenteum in habitat
Common names: magenta-flowered pelargonium
Family: Geraniaceae

With its stunning dispay of usually magenta/pink flowers in spring, Pelargonium magenteum is ideal for the water-wise garden....

16 / 07 / 2007 | Roger Oliver | Karoo Desert NBG
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Leucadendron xanthoconus

Common names: sickle-leaf conebush ( Eng. ); blinkblaartolbos (Afr.)
Family: Proteaceae

A versatile fynbos shrub, with a silvery shine to its foliage, Leucadendron xanthoconus deserves a second glance....

16 / 07 / 2007 | Monique Twine | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Cephalophyllum alstonii

Cephallophyllum alsotonii
Common names: rankvygie (Afr.)
Family: Aizoaceae

Cephallophyllum alstonii is a creeping perennial succulent, ideal as a ground cover, or as a pot plant on a patio. The spectacular, brightly coloured...

09 / 07 / 2007 | Shireen Harris | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Bersama lucens

Fruits of Bersama lucens. Photograph G Nichols
Common names: glossy white ash (Eng.); blinkblaarwitessenhout (Afr.); isindiyandiya (Xhosa); undiyaza (Zulu)
Family: Melianthaceae

Bersama lucens is not a common garden plant, rather a specialist specimen that still needs to be promoted in the garden fraternity....

09 / 07 / 2007 | Giles Mbambezeli | Kirstenbosch NBG
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