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Abrus precatorius subsp. africanus

Abrus precatorius subsp. africanus pods
Common names: bead vine, coral bead plant, coral bean, crabs eye, licorice vine, love bean, lucky bean creeper, prayer beads, prayer bean, precatory pea, red bead v
Family: Fabaceae

The shiny red and black seeds of Abrus precatorius subsp. africanus make it a sought-after climber in tropical and subtropical areas....

05 / 01 / 2009 | T Masupa | Pretoria NBG
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Acacia ataxacantha

See Senegalia ataxacantha...

| | Pretoria NBG
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Acacia caffra

This tree is now called Senegalia caffra...

10 / 09 / 2013 | | Pretoria NBG
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Acacia erioloba

See Vachellia erioloba...

| | Pretoria NBG
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Acacia galpinii

This tree is now known as Senegalia galpinii...

01 / 01 / 2003 | | Pretoria NBG
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Acacia hebeclada

This plant is now called Vachellia hebeclada...

10 / 09 / 2015 | | Pretoria NBG
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Acacia nigrescens

This plant is now called Senegalia nigrescens....

12 / 10 / 2000 | | Pretoria NBG
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Acacia nilotica subsp.kraussiana

Family: Fabaceae

This plant is now called Vachellia nilotica subsp. kraussiana...

21 / 02 / 2005 | K Behr | Pretoria NBG
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Acacia polyacantha

See Senegalia polyacantha...

| | Pretoria NBG
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Acacia tortilis

See Vachellia tortilis...

| | Pretoria NBG
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Acacia xanthophloea

See Vachellia xanthophloea...

| | Pretoria NBG
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Acmadenia heterophylla

Acmadenia heterophylla
Common names: variable-leaf acmadenia
Family: Rutaceae

This is a delicate looking shrub with starry pink flowers and a sweet lemony scent when touched. It belongs to the citrus family (Rutaceae) with most of...

14 / 08 / 2000 | Liesl Van der Walt | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Acmadenia macropetala

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

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27 / 08 / 2007 | Norma Jodamus | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Acmadenia mundiana

Acmadenia mundiana
Common names: De Hoop Buchu (E), De Hoop-boegoe (A)
Family: Rutaceae

This attractive shrub with grey-green foliage carries bright pink star-shaped flowers almost all year round but mainly in winter and spring....

30 / 09 / 2002 | Norma Jodamus | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Acmadenia obtusata

Flowering branch
Common names: dune buchu ( Eng. ); duineboegoe (Afr.)
Family: Rutaceae

Acamadenia obtusata forms a variable shrub, displaying floriferous pink flowers with aromatic foliage. Characteristic of the citrus family are oil...

06 / 06 / 2005 | Norma Jodamus | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Acmadenia trigona

Acmadenia trigona
Common names: Langeberg buchu (Eng.); Langeberg-boegoe (Afr.)
Family: Rutaceae

Acmadenia trigona, from the winter rainfall region, forms an upright shrub with spreading branches. It grows 0.3-0.7 m high. It is a single stem at the...

18 / 08 / 2008 | Norma Lucas | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Acokanthera oppositifolia

Acokanthera oppositifolia
Common names: Bushman's Poison; Boesmansgif (Afrikaans); inHlungunyembe (Zulu); iNtlungunyembe (Xhosa)
Family: Apocynaceae

The Bushman's poison is a medium to large woody shrub with attractive hard dark green leaves. ...

27 / 08 / 2001 | Andrew Hankey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Acorus calamus

Acorus calamus.Image from Wikipedia
Common names: sweet-flag (Eng.); makkalmoes (Afr.); ikalamuzi (Zulu)
Family: Acoraceae

Acorus calamus is a reed-like, aquatic plant with a pungent smell that has been used medicinally since biblical times. It has many traditional uses all...

07 / 03 / 2005 | J K Baloyi | Pretoria NBG
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Acridocarpus natalitus

Flowers
Common names: moth-fruit, the binder (Eng.); motvrug (Afr.); umabophe, umabophawentaba, umabopha and ihlalanyosi (isiZulu)
Family: Malpighiaceae

Its beautiful flowers and fruit make this evergreen shrub or small tree an appealing garden subject which should be in most gardens in the warmer and coastal...

20 / 06 / 2005 | Mkhipheni Ngwenya | Kwazulu-Natal NBG
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Adansonia digitata

Baobab in the dry season
Common names: baobab, Cream of Tartar tree, monkey-bread tree, lemonade tree (Eng.); kremetartboom(Afr.); isimuku, umShimulu, isiMuhu (Zulu); ximuwu (Tsonga); mowan
Family: Malvaceae

Regarded as the largest succulent plant in the world, the baobab tree is steeped in a wealth of mystique, legend and superstition wherever it occurs in...

10 / 02 / 2003 | Andrew Hankey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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