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Strelitzia caudata

Strelitzia caudata
Common names: Transvaal wild banana (Eng.); Transvaal wildepiesang (Afr.); isigude saseMpumalanga (Nguni)
Family: Strelitziaceae

Strelitzia caudata is one of three arborescent banana-like Strelitzia species occurring in southern Africa. It is a good focal point for a mid-size to...

25 / 04 / 2011 | Phakamani Xaba | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Strelitzia juncea

Strelitzia juncea
Common names: crane flower
Family: Strelitziaceae

This is a striking feature plant with upright cylindrical leaves without a leaf blade, growing from 1 to 2 m in height and producing large orange or yellow...

27 / 09 / 2004 | John Winter | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Senegalia burkei

Senegalia burkei (Alex Dreyer)
Common names: black monkey-thorn (Eng.); swartapiesdoring (Afr.); umkhaya wehlalahlathi, umbabampala (isiZulu); umkhaya (siSwati); mokgwa, mokoba (Setswana); mokwar
Family: Fabaceae

Senegalia burkei is a distinctive deciduous tree that can be identified easily throughout the year. It has spikes of creamy white flowers in early summer,...

21 / 03 / 2016 | Thobile Mlaba | Kwazulu-Natal NBG
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Strelitzia nicolai

S.nicolai
Common names: Natal wild banana, (E); Natalse wildepiesang (A); isigude, igceba, inkamanga (Z); ikhamanga, isigude, isigceba (X).
Family: Strelitziaceae

This is a tall, striking foliage plant related to the well-known Crane Flower, Strelitzia reginae....

01 / 07 / 2002 | Samson Moeketsi Letsela | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Strelitzia reginae subsp. mzimvubuensis

In flower in habitat
Common names: Mzimvubu craneflower
Family: Strelitziaceae

This is a subspecies of the well known Strelitzia reginae which is a garden favourite and a choice cut-flower worldwide....

24 / 03 / 2008 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Streptocarpus baudertii

Streptocarpus baudertii
Common names: Cape primrose, wild gloxinia
Family: Gesneriaceae

Streptocarpus baudertii is a small herbaceous delight, with pretty mauve flowers and hairy leaves. It is special because it is not usually found in the...

07 / 03 / 2011 | Cherise Viljoen | 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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Syntrichia papillosa

Spreading leaves
Common names: marble screw-moss
Family: Pottiaceae

The relatively large brood-bodies on the leaves of Syntrichia papillosa are visible with the naked eye or through a hand-lens....

22 / 12 / 2014 | Jacques van Rooy | National Herbarium Pretoria
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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 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 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 aylae

Flower
Common names: Msikaba streptocarpus (Eng.); Msikaba tongviooltjie (Afr.)
Family: Gesneriaceae

This exciting ornamental, with its strap-shaped leaves in a central rosette and lilac to mauve bell-shaped flowers, was recently discovered and named from...

03 / 06 / 2013 | | Kirstenbosch 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 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 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 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 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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Struthiola striata

Struthiola striata
Common names: roemenaggie, katstertjie (Afr.)
Family: Thymelaeaceae

A pretty shrub with four petaloid scales and cream-coloured flowers, honey-scented at night....

15 / 01 / 2018 | Thuli Makhoba | Compton Herbarium
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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 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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