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Eucalyptus macrocarpa

July 2022

Eucalyptus is a large genus of more than 700 species in the Myrtle Family (Myrtaceae). While some species are tall trees, others have a multi-stemmed shrubby habit. Plants of the latter sort are referred to in Australia as “mallees,” and an example is Eucalyptus macrocarpa.

Agave ovatifolia

June 2022

Agave ovatifolia is related to the widely grown Agave parryi, and its attractive rosettes of blue-gray leaves are reminiscent of that species.

Pachyphytum bracteosum

May 2022

The genus Pachyphytum belongs to the Crassulaceae, or Stonecrop Family, with the various species notable for their balloon-like chubby leaves, including Pachyphytum bracteosum.

Gasteria acinacifolia

April 2022

The genus Gasteria belongs to the family Asphodelaceae, and it is closely related to the larger genus Aloe. Gasteria acinacifolia is a species found along South Africa’s southern coast.

Dendromecon harfordii

March 2022

Plants in the Papaveraceae, or Poppy Family, are often herbaceous annuals, as is the case with California’s state flower, Eschscholzia californica. At the other end of the size spectrum is Dendromecon harfordii, commonly known as the Channel Island Bush Poppy.

Cheiridopsis denticulata

February 2022

A sizeable majority of the species in the Aizoaceae (Ice Plant Family) come from southern Africa, and some of the family’s genera are concentrated in the winter-rainfall area, on the west side of South Africa and the southwest corner of neighboring Namibia. One of the plants found in Namaqualand is Cheiridopsis denticulata.

Aloe ferox

January 2022

South Africa has several tall-growing single-stemmed species of Aloe that make spectacular flower displays in winter. One of these is Aloe ferox, with an extensive distribution in the southern and southeastern part of the country.

Lachenalia punctata (Lachenalia rubida)

December 2021

All Lachenalia species have non-branching spires of flowers, and often the flowers are relatively short. However, a few species have longer tubular flowers adapted for pollination by sunbirds. One such species is Lachenalia punctata, with a large area of occurrence in the southwestern part of South Africa.

Banksia integrifolia

November 2021

The Protea Family, Proteaceae, has many representatives in Australia, including about 170 species in the large genus Banksia. The great majority of the plants come from the winter-rainfall region in the southwestern part of Australia, but there are some notable eastern species as well, and one of these is Banksia integrifolia.

Mariosousa heterophylla (Acacia willardiana)

October 2021

The genus Acacia, as it has been traditionally defined, is a large group from around the world, with the greatest concentration found in Australia. In 2006, when the genus Mariosousa was created, Acacia willardiana was renamed as Mariosousa willardiana.

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