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Vepris carringtoniana

Vepris carringtoniana
Common names: winged white-ironwood; coastal white-ironwood (Eng.); vlerksteelwitysterhout, kuswitysterhout (Afr.), umozane (isiZulu)
Family: Rutaceae

The winged white-ironwood is a truly beautiful tree that varies greatly in height, depending on climate and rainfall. Its leaves are densely covered with...

24 / 08 / 2015 | Aluwani Tshiila | KwaZulu-Natal Herbarium
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Curio pondoensis

Curio pondoensis
Common names: Pondo cliff daisy (Eng.); Pondo krans-aster (Afr.)
Family: Asteraceae

The Pondo cliff daisy is a cliff-hanger, leaf and stem succulent, endemic to the river valleys of northern Pondoland, in the Eastern Cape. The attractive,...

24 / 08 / 2015 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Nemesia arenifera

Nemesia arenifera
Common names: None recorded.
Family: Scrophulariaceae

The newest nemesia, Nemesia arenifera, was described in 2013 as a new species.  It has been overlooked since 1904, as it was confused with Nemesia...

17 / 08 / 2015 | Stoffel Petrus Pieter Bester | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Arctotis revoluta

Arctotis revoluta
Common names: curly leaf arctotis, krulblaar gousblom (Afr.)
Family: Asteraceae

This extremely vigorous, fast-growing shrub is equally suited to coastal or fynbos gardens....

17 / 08 / 2015 | Roger Oliver | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Eriocephalus racemosus

Eriocephalus racemosus
Common names: wild rosemary (Eng.); strandkapokbos, kapokkie (Afr.)
Family: Asteraceae

Eriocephalus racemosus is not only an ideal screening plant but will also attract insects, and in turn the insects will encourage the birds to visit your...

10 / 08 / 2015 | Benjamin Festus | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Vepris reflexa

Vepris reflexa fruits and leaves
Common names: bushveld white-ironwood (Eng.); bosveldwitysterhout (Afr.); umozane (isiZulu)
Family: Rutaceae

Vepris reflexa is a glossy-leafed, evergreen tree with aromatic, apple-green foliage, which gives off a lemony scent when crushed. It grows large in the...

10 / 08 / 2015 | Aluwani Tshiila | KwaZulu-Natal Herbarium
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Dumasia villosa var. villosa

Dumasia villosa var. villosa pods and seeds
Common names: black bean (Eng.); ukhalimele (isiZulu)
Family: Fabaceae

The beautiful blue seeds of dumasia are what caught my eyes and immediately I thought people should know about this beautiful plant. Also, its linear,...

03 / 08 / 2015 | Tandiwe Nkonki | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Chlorophytum cremnophilum

Chlorophytum cremnophilum
Common names: cliff spider plant, cliff hen and chickens (Eng.); krans hen-en-kuikens (Afr.)
Family: Anthericaceae

The cliff spider plant is a new, recently named, cliff-hanger species from the Kouga and Grootrivier tributaries of the Gamtoos, in the Eastern Cape. Unlike...

03 / 08 / 2015 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Aloe ciliaris var ciliaris

This plant is now called Aloiampelos ciliaris var. ciliaris....

30 / 07 / 2015 | | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Villarsia goldblattiana

Villarsia goldblattiana
Common names: yellow bogbean
Family: Menyanthaceae

Villarsia is a genus of aquatic flowering plants in the family Menyanthaceae. Villarsia is largely restricted to Australia, but some species are found...

27 / 07 / 2015 | Anthony Hitchcock | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Plectranthus esculentus

Plectranthus esculentus
Common names: wild potato, Livingstone potato (Eng.); wilde aartappel (Afr.); itapile (Xhosa); tsenza (Shona); mutada (Venda); ulujilo, umbondiwe (Zulu
Family: Lamiaceae

The wild potato is a pleasant aromatic herb with prolific beautiful yellow flowers. It is able to withstand a variety of climatic and soil conditions and...

27 / 07 / 2015 | B Busch | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Willdenowia teres

Willdenowia teres
Common names: None recorded.
Family: Restionaceae

Willdenowia teres belongs to a genus of 12 species of restio, 6 of which occur on the Cape Peninsula. It is a tall rhizomatous plant with male and female...

22 / 07 / 2015 | Sisanda Alakhe Velembo-Mhlauli | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Schizocarphus nervosus

Schizocarphus nervosus. Image Geoff Nichols
Common names: white scilla, white wild squill (Eng.); sandlelie (Afr.); seboka (Sesotho); imbita-yebantwana, ndvwendvweni (siSwati); sabantwana, umagaqana, inkwitel
Family: Hyacinthaceae

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20 / 07 / 2015 | M.S. Mothogoane | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Crabbea angustifolia

Crabbea angustifolia
Common names: prickle head, sheep’s tail (Eng.); thotsanathunya (Setswana)
Family: Acanthaceae

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15 / 07 / 2015 | Sumarie Slabber | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Leucospermum calligerum

Leucospermum calligerum
Common names: arid pincushion (Eng.); luisiebossie (Afr.)
Family: Proteaceae

Leucospermum calligerum is a very interesting lanky pincushion with small,  dusky pink inflorescences. It is suited to dry conditions....

13 / 07 / 2015 | Phumza Bavuma | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Eucomis bicolor

Eucomis bicolor inflorescence
Common names: forest pineapple flower, variegated pineapple flower (Eng.); bontpynappelblom, bospynappellelie (Afr.); imbola, umbola (isiZulu); khampumpu-ya-thaba (
Family: Hyacinthaceae

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07 / 07 / 2015 | Dineo Dibakwane | Millennium Seedbank Project
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Diastella thymelaeoides subsp. meridiana

 Diastella thymelaeoides subsp. meridiana. Photo: Carina Lochner
Common names: Hangklip silkypuff (Eng.)
Family: Proteaceae

The Hangklip silkypuff  is a rare gem, endemic to the Kogelberg, Hangklip and Betty’s Bay area. Its pretty star-like flowers, present for most...

07 / 07 / 2015 | V Wilman | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Cryptostephanus

Cryptostephanus vansonii
Common names: none known
Family: Amaryllidaceae

Cryptostephanus is a curious, little-known genus comprising three species from Namibia, Angola, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania and Kenya. It is most closely...

29 / 06 / 2015 | Graham Duncan | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Watsonia angusta

Watsonia angusta
Common names: red watsonia (Eng.); grootrooipypie, rooipypie (Afr.)
Family: Iridaceae

This beautiful plant, with striking red flowers, grows from an underground corm.  It has light green leaves shaped like a sword. The plant is useful...

29 / 06 / 2015 | Bathabile Ndlovu | Kwazulu-Natal NBG
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Cymbopogon caesius

Cymbopogon caesius
Common names: common turpentine grass, broad-leaved turpentine grass (Eng.); lemoengras, buchugras (Afr.); iMbanjana (Ndebele); muWaa (Kalanga); Moshanyna-oa-marall
Family: Poaceae

Cymbopogon caesius is a densely tufted perennial grass, which has swollen lowest racemes (an unbranched inflorescence axis with pedicellate spikelets)...

22 / 06 / 2015 | Aluoneswi Caroline Mashau | National Herbarium Pretoria
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