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Cycas debaoensis

August 2023

Cycas debaoensis is a cone-bearing gymnosperm belonging to the order Cycadales, an ancient lineage whose ancestry extends back 300 million years, to a time when flowering plants had not yet evolved.

Agave pintilla

July 2023

The Agave pintilla is an unusual agave with compact rosettes of leaves with striking white markings on the leaf surfaces.

Echinocereus pentalophus subspecies pentalophus

June 2023

Plants in the Cactaceae, or Cactus Family, are almost all native to the Americas, and they occur widely in both North America and South America. This includes Echinocereus pentalophus subspecies pentalophus.

Gasteria rawlinsonii

May 2023

While many Gasteria are stemless, this is not true of a unique cliff-dwelling species named Gasteria rawlinsonii.

Bulbine latifolia

April 2023

One of the largest of the Bulbine species is Bulbine latifolia, which has an extensive distribution in eastern South Africa.

Acacia aphylla

March 2023

While some Australian Acacia species have long been widely used horticulturally (and in some cases have naturalized in other parts of the world), others have stayed out of the limelight. One of the latter is Acacia aphylla.

Aloinopsis rubrolineata

February 2023

Aloinopsis is a genus of nine species in the Aizoaceae, or Ice Plant Family, native to South Africa. They are dwarf clustering plants with tuberous roots and bumpy-textured leaves.

Iris unguicularis

January 2023

Many irises are spring-flowering, but Iris unguicularis, popularly known as the Algerian iris, is especially early-flowering, usually commencing even before the winter solstice.

Hakea petiolaris

December 2022

Though Hakea species may be found in various parts of Australia, the winter-rainfall region in the continent’s southwest has the most species. One of these is Hakea petiolaris, from near Perth and up to about 300 km east and northeast of there.

Pelargonium reniforme

November 2022

Various species of Pelargonium can be found in both summer-rainfall and winter-rainfall parts of southern Africa, and one delightful species in the summer-rainfall area is Pelargonium reniforme.

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