South African Indigenous Plant Catalogue

  • Acacia brevispica

    Acacia brevispica

    Prickly Thorn, Dorinkiedoring, Umthathawe

    Acacia brevispica is a hardy, semi-deciduous, robust, prickly, scrambling Acacia that can be trained into a large beautiful shrub. It has feathery, large, soft, bipinnate leaves with small hook thorns along the ribs on the underside. Sprays of white puffball flowers are borne from August to Octob...
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  • Acacia burkei

    Acacia burkei

    Swartapiesdoring, Black Monkey Thorn, Mokgwa, Umkhaya

    Acacia burkei (=Senegalia burkei) is a hardy, deciduous, medium sized Acacia that has attractive, large round leaflets. Spikes of white flowers from October to January are followed by bright red seed pods. This beautiful specimen tree gives dense shade, but is a little slow growing. The ba...
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  • Acacia caffra

    Acacia caffra

    Gewone Haakdoring, Common Hook Thorn, Morutlhare, Muvunda-mbado, Umtholo

    Acacia caffra is a very hardy, deciduous, drought resistant, graceful tree with feathery foliage that gives the tree a weeping shape. Fragrant, creamy-white flower spikes are borne from September to November along with the delicate new leaves making this tree a really beautiful sight. The flower...
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  • Acacia davyi

    Acacia davyi

    Kurkbasdoring, Muunga, Isikhwishi, Corky-barked thorn

    Acacia davyi is a hardy, drought resistant, deciduous, small Acacia with distinctive yellow or light brown, corky bark on the stems and branches. It has clusters of bright yellow puffball flowers on the ends of the branches from December to February, which attract insects to the garden. These are ...
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  • Acacia galpinii

    Acacia galpinii

    Apiesdoring, Monkey-Thorn, Mokgapa

    Acacia galpinii is a very hardy fairly fast growing, deciduous thorn tree and is one of the largest of the Acacias. It flowers before the leaves in September and October with showy, white, bottlebrush-type flowers that are purple before they open. Large woody pods follow the flowers. The bark is p...
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  • Acacia gerrardii

    Acacia gerrardii

    Rooidoring, Red Thorn, umphuzwe, muunga

    Acacia gerrardii is a hardy, fairly fast-growing, drought-resistant, deciduous Acacia.It has a long, straight stem that starts branching high up to form a flattish crown.As it is sparsely branched and throws little shade, many plants and lawn grass will grow underneath it. The bark is dark grey and ...
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  • Acacia hebeclada

    Acacia hebeclada

    Candle Pod Acacia, Trassiedoring, setshi

    Acacia hebeclada is a hardy, small to medium-sized, spreading, deciduous tree or large shrub with paired, sharp spines. The dark brown to grey bark is fissured and flaking.Birds, such as the Red-billed Wood Hoopoe, enjoy probing under the bark for insects. The blue-green leaves are hairy and catch t...
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  • Acacia karroo

    Acacia karroo

    Soetdoring, Sweet Thorn, Muunga, Mooka, Umunga

    Acacia karroo is a very hardy, semi-deciduous, fast growing and drought resistant tree. Abundant, fragrant, yellow, puffball flowers that light up the landscape and adorn the tree intermittently (in response to rain) throughout summer and it can flower up to 6 times a year. The roots are nitrogen...
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  • Acacia mellifera

    Acacia mellifera

    Swarthaak, Black Thorn, Mongana, Monganga-tau

    Acacia mellifera is very drought resistant, hardy, thickset, deciduous Acacia with vicious, hook thorns. The bark is purplish-black on the young stems and turns grey with age. The leaflets are blue-green, round and quite large for an Acacia. It blooms profusely from September to November with scen...
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  • Acacia nigrescens

    Acacia nigrescens

    Knob Thorn, Knoppiesdoring, moritidi, mokoba, munanga, umkhaya

    Acacia nigrescens is a hardy, small to large stately deciduous tree is characterised by its knob-studded grey or yellow trunk and branches.The hooked spine-tipped knobs are prevalent on young trees but are less evident on older specimens. Sweetly-scented spikes of creamy-white flowers are produce...
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