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Strophanthus speciosus

Plant in flower
Common names: forest tailflower, poison rope, common poison rope, forest poison rope (Eng.); giftou, bobbejaantou, bosgiftou, osdoring (Afr.); umhlazazane (Swati/si
Family: Apocynaceae

Beware! This plant can be deadly in high doses, although it is used medicinally in moderate doses....

29 / 07 / 2013 | Hannelie Snyman | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Strophanthus amboensis

Strophanthus amboensis
Common names: elephant vine, knob-stemmed poisonrope (Eng.); knopstamgiftou (Afr.); omhundure (Otjiherero); mangala-ndumbu (Lunyaneka, Muila & Muquilenge); muzua-ng
Family: Apocynaceae

When the Elephant Vine is well maintained, it can grow into a reasonable-sized bushy tree with extraordinary pretty, faintly but sweet-scented flowers...

03 / 09 / 2018 | Stoffel Petrus Pieter Bester | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Streptocarpus vandeleurii

Streptocarpus vandeleuri
Common names: olifantsoor (Afr.)
Family: Gesneriaceae

This is an unusual herbaceous plant that consists of only one leaf with an impressive inflorescence of creamy white flowers that will die once it has flowered...

12 / 03 / 2012 | Cherise Viljoen | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Streptocarpus saxorum

Common names: false African violet; Cape primrose
Family: Gesneriaceae

This is a charming Streptocarpus with dainty lilac flowers. It is both pretty and tough with succulent foliage which droops, making it ideal for hanging...

20 / 12 / 2010 | Cherise Viljoen | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Streptocarpus rexii

Streptocarpus rexii
Common names: wild gloxinia, twin sisters
Family: Gesneriaceae

Streptocarpus rexii is a neat, compact perennial herb with attractive white to blue/pale violet flowers, and makes a perfect indoor or shade plant. It...

08 / 12 / 2008 | Etienne Arendse | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Streptocarpus primulifolius

Streptocarpus primulifolius
Common names: Cape primrose
Family: Gesneriaceae

This is one of the more striking Streptocarpus species with lovely large, trumpet-shaped flowers in deep shades of mauve with distinctive dark...

10 / 03 / 2008 | Cherise Viljoen | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Streptocarpus polyanthus

Flowers
Family: Gesneriaceae

Streptocarpus polyanthus is an interesting stem-less, free-flowering pot plant with unusually thick, scalloped leaves and lovely pale blue flowers in...

17 / 12 / 2007 | Cherise Viljoen | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Streptocarpus parviflorus

Streptocarpus parviflorus closeup of flowers
Common names: Cape primrose, wild gloxinia (Engl.)
Family: Gesneriaceae

This is a stemless, soft herbaceous, pot plant, with clusters of white, tubular flowers showing pretty violet streaks in a pale yellow throat....

08 / 06 / 2015 | Cherise Viljoen | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Streptocarpus montigena

Flowers
Common names: Cape primrose, wild gloxinia
Family: Gesneriaceae

An unusual small pot plant for indoors, with rough, hairy slightly sticky leaves. This is quite a difficult species to grow — providing the discerning...

24 / 03 / 2014 | Cherise Viljoen | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Streptocarpus modestus

Streptocarpus modestus flowers
Common names: Pondo cliff streptocarpus, Cape primrose
Family: Gesneriaceae

Streptocarpus modestus , with its lovely pale mauve flowers, makes a most rewarding pot plant, and is still quite unusual to have in the home today....

06 / 04 / 2009 | Cherise Viljoen | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Streptocarpus meyeri

Streptocarpus meyeri
Common names: Cape primrose, wild gloxinia (Eng.)
Family: Gesneriaceae

A lovely, neat, pretty species of Streptocarpus that has flat-growing, rough leaves and delicate flowing stems presenting white flowers with a violet blush...

30 / 05 / 2016 | Cherise Viljoen | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Streptocarpus liliputana

Flowering in habitat
Family: Gesneriaceae

This is a recently discovered Streptocarpus, found in only a few locations in Pondoland that are under threat....

30 / 01 / 2006 | F Daniels | TSP
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Streptocarpus kentaniensis

Streptocarpus kentaniensis
Common names: Kentani streptocarpus
Family: Gesneriaceae

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05 / 08 / 2002 | Liesl Van der Walt | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Streptocarpus johannis

Streptocarpus johannis
Common names: Port St Johns streptocarpus, Cape primrose
Family: Gesneriaceae

A rewarding pot plant with a cluster of whitish to pale violet, flat-faced summer flowers and soft green leaves, that can be grown indoors or in a sheltered...

09 / 10 / 2006 | Cherise Viljoen | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Streptocarpus gardenii

Streptocarpus gardenii growing in habitat
Common names: Cape primrose
Family: Gesneriaceae

Streptocarpus gardenii is a delicate, dainty plant with a pale flower that loves the shady gloom found beneath trees....

14 / 03 / 2011 | Cherise Viljoen | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Streptocarpus formosus

Streptocarpus in the Avenue at Kirstenbosch
Common names: Pondo streptocarpus
Family: Gesneriaceae

Walking down the Camphor Avenue at Kirstenbosch, one can not but stop to admire the clumps of Streptocarpus formosus flowering on the ground. Formosus...

29 / 01 / 2001 | Liesl Van der Walt | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Streptocarpus fanniniae

Streptocarpus fanniniae © D.Styles
Common names: Cape primrose (Eng.)
Family: Gesneriaceae

Streptocarpus fanniniae is a perennial creeping plant cascading over moist cliffs on streambanks and near waterfalls in KwaZulu-Natal....

20 / 12 / 2010 | Rivash Maharaj | KwaZulu-Natal NBG
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Streptocarpus dunnii

Streptocarpus dunnii . Image M Lotter
Common names: red nodding bells Cape primrose (Eng.); olifantsoor (Afr.)
Family: Gesneriaceae

Streptocarpus dunnii is a star in its own right. Its bright orange-red trumpet-shaped flowers render it beautiful and exceptional, as most Streptocarpus...

18 / 11 / 2013 | Sisanda Alakhe Velembo-Mhlauli | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Streptocarpus cyaneus

Streptocarpus cyaneus
Common names: Cape primrose (Eng.)
Family: Gesneriaceae

Streptocarpus cyaneus is very attractive and is one of the few species of Streptocarpus that produces either white, pink or blue flowers depending on...

30 / 07 / 2012 | Rivash Maharaj | KwaZulu-Natal NBG
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Streptocarpus cooksonii

Streptocarpus cooksonii
Family: Gesneriaceae

Unlike most other Streptocarpus species, this spectacular plant seems to enjoy the heat and strong light conditions found in the Tugela and Buffalo Rivers...

17 / 11 / 2008 | B Tarr | KwaZulu-Natal NBG
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