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Lachenalia alba

Flower spike
Common names: white lachenalia (Eng.), witviooltjie (Afr.)
Family: Hyacinthaceae

Lachenalia alba has a restricted distribution and is only know from the Nieuwoudtville and Calvinia areas, where it grows in colonies....

23 / 12 / 2013 | Eugene Marinus | Hantam NBG
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Lachenalia bulbifera

Lachenalia bulbifera
Common names: red lachenalia (Eng.); rooinaeltjie (Afr.)
Family: Hyacinthaceae

One of the most striking and robust members of this diverse group, Lachenalia bulbifera is an easily grown bulbous plant that really deserves...

31 / 07 / 2006 | Graham Duncan | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Lachenalia corymbosa

Lachenalia corymbosa
Family: Hyacinthaceae

Lachenalia corymbosa is one of five  brightly coloured, bulbous geophytes, which were previously in the genus Polyxena, but have now been included...

14 / 04 / 2003 | Graham Duncan | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Lachenalia fistulosa

Plant in flower
Common names: Cape hyacinth; viooltije (Afr.)
Family: Hyacinthaceae

A Cape hyacinth with flowers and scent to rival any European hyacinth....

05 / 08 / 2013 | Adam Harrower | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Lachenalia framesii

Lachenalia framesii plants
Common names: viooltjie (Afrikaans)
Family: Hyacinthaceae

Lachenalia framesii has beautiful yellow-green flowers and is found in flat, sandy areas in Namaqualand....

20 / 04 / 2009 | Hester Steyn | Pretoria NBG
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Lachenalia liliflora

Close- up of flowers
Common names: Cape hyacinth (Eng.); viooltjie (Afr.)
Family: Hyacinthaceae

Sadly, Lachenalia liliflora,  an indigenous hyacinth with strikingly beautiful creamy-white flowers tipped with purple, is on the critically endangered...

20 / 10 / 2003 | Adam Harrower | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Lachenalia lutea

Lachenalia lutea
Common names: common dwarf yellow viooltjie
Family: Hyacinthaceae

Lachenalia lutea is a heavily sweet-scented indigenous hyacinth with pale to bright yellow flowers....

26 / 12 / 2011 | Adam Harrower | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Lachenalia mathewsii

Pot of Lachenalia mathewsii
Common names: none on record
Family: Hyacinthaceae

Lachenalia mathewsii is an attractive, deciduous, winter-growing bulb, standing 10-20 cm tall....

24 / 09 / 2001 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Lachenalia neilii

Close up of flower
Common names: kleuterviooltjie (Afr.)
Family: Hyacinthaceae

Lachenalia neilii is a bulb endemic to the Bokkeveld Plateau and grows in heavy doleritic clay....

15 / 10 / 2012 | Eugene Marinus | Hantam NBG
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Lachenalia orchioides

Lachenalia orchioides var.orchioides - yellow form
Common names: (L. orchioides var. orchioides): wild hyacinth (Eng.), groenviooltjie (Afr.); (L. orchioides var. glaucina (Jacq.) W.F.Barker): blue wild hyacinth (E
Family: Hyacinthaceae

Large strikingly attractive flowers varying in colour through shades of blue, pink, lilac to bright yellow and green make this species an attractive container...

11 / 07 / 2011 | Adam Harrower | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Lachenalia orthopetala

Inflorescence
Common names: straight-petal lachenalia, Cape hyacinth (Eng.); viooltjie (Afr.)
Family: Hyacinthaceae

Lachenalia orthopetala, an indigenous hyacinth with striking upward-facing, creamy-white maroon-tipped flowers, is one of the rarest and most rewarding...

29 / 06 / 2009 | Adam Harrower | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Lachenalia pustulata

Lachenalia pustulata multicoloured form from Blaauwberg Hill
Common names: common viooltjie
Family: Hyacinthaceae

Lachenalia pustulata, with its vast array of flower colours, is a most rewarding Cape winter-growing bulb to cultivate....

12 / 09 / 2011 | Adam Harrower | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Lachenalia pygmaea

PLant in flower
Common names: none recorded; suggested name: pygmy hyacinth
Family: Hyacinthaceae

This tiny lachenalia with pale, almond-scented flowers belongs to subgenus Polyxena and makes a delightful pot plant....

23 / 06 / 2014 | Adam Harrower | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Lachenalia sargeantii

Flowering after fire
Common names: none
Family: Hyacinthaceae

Lachenalia sargeantii is a striking, early summer-flowering plant with pendulous, tubular ivory blooms marked with apple-green, bright pinkish magenta...

29 / 10 / 2007 | Graham Duncan | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Lachenalia valeriae

Lachenalia valeriae plants
Common names: viooltjie (Afrikaans)
Family: Hyacinthaceae

Lachenalia valeriae is a beautiful species from the coastal dunes of Namaqualand....

02 / 11 / 2009 | Hester Steyn | Pretoria NBG
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Lachenalia viridiflora

Lachenalia viridiflora
Family: Hyacinthaceae

Lachenalia viridiflora is a most appealing autumn- and winter-flowering bulbous plant, growing up to 200 mm high. Its startling turquoise blooms place...

09 / 06 / 2003 | Graham Duncan | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Lachnaea densiflora

Lachnaea densiflora
Common names: blushing mountain carnation (Eng.); bergangelier (Afr.)
Family: Thymelaeaceae

The rare Lachnaea densiflora flowers in spring along the Palmiet River and in the Klein River Mountains to Bredasdorp in the Western Cape....

15 / 06 / 2015 | Nosiphelele Patricia Mapukata | Harold Porter NBG
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Lachnospermum umbellatum

Lachnospermum umbellatum
Common names: rooiblombossie (Afr.)
Family: Asteraceae

This little-known species from the extreme southwestern corner of the country thrives in the wet fynbos of the Cape Fold Mountains near the coast. Its...

14 / 03 / 2016 | Nicola Bergh | Compton Herbarium
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Lagenaria siceraria

Lagenaria siceraria
Common names: bottle gourd, calabash (Eng.); kalbas (Afr.); moraka (North Sotho); segwana (Tswana); iselwa (Xhosa, Zulu)
Family: Cucurbitaceae

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06 / 06 / 2005 | M Welman | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Lagenaria sphaerica

Lagenaria sphaerica
Common names: wild calabash (Eng.); wildekalbas (Afr.); iselwa-makhosi, uselwa (Zulu)
Family: Cucurbitaceae

This vigorous climber is a close relative of the calabash and bears large, white, fragrant flowers which open in the evening, and unique mottled green...

01 / 11 / 2004 | M Welman | National Herbarium Pretoria
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