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Tylecodon wallichii

July 2024

The species of Tylecodon are heavily concentrated in the winter-rainfall region of western South Africa and southern Namibia, though a few have large distributions that extend outside this area. While some species are geophytes, dying back to an underground tuber during the dormant season, others have swollen basal caudexes or conspicuous succulent stems.

Phlomis purpurea

June 2024

Among the shrubby species is Phlomis purpurea, native to Spain, Portugal, and Morocco.

Yucca linearifolia

May 2024

Yucca species typically have long sword-like leaves, but in some species the leaves are so narrow as to look needle-like. An example is Yucca linearifolia.

Albuca spiralis

April 2024

Several species of Albuca have spiraled leaves, and one of these is Albuca spiralis, whose name refers to this trait. It comes from the winter-rainfall region in western South Africa, from the arid Namaqualand area in the country’s northwest southward to Cape Town.

Coreopsis gigantea (Leptosyne gigantea)

March 2024

The Daisy Family (Asteraceae) is a very large one with a worldwide distribution, containing over 32,000 described species in over 1,900 genera.

Aloe vanbalenii

February 2024

South Africa has many species of Aloe that flower in winter, and one of these is Aloe vanbalenii, found in KwaZulu-Natal Province in the eastern part of the country.

Erica plukenetii

January 2024

About the genus The genus Erica is a large one, with well over 800 species. It lends its name to the family Ericaceae, which includes many well-known plants such as […]

Banksia heliantha

December 2023

Banksia is a genus in the Proteaceae (the Protea Family), and most of them are shrubs, like the Banksia heliantha.

Crassula rupestris

November 2023

Crassula rupestris is a clump-forming plant, found on rocky slopes and on cliffs. It grows widely in the southern and southwestern part of South Africa.

Aloe reitzii

October 2023

In habitat in South Africa, Aloe reitzii flowers in February and March, which is late summer to early autumn in the Southern Hemisphere.

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