South African Indigenous Plant Catalogue


  • Rapanea melanophloeos

    Rapanea melanophloeos

    Cape Beech, Boekenhout, Beukehout, Tshikonwa, IsiCalabi, umaPhipha, iKhubalwane, isiQalaba sehlati, isiQwane sehlati, iGcolo, udzilidzili

    Rapanea melanophloes is a hardy, small to medium sized, evergreen tree with dark leaves that have a purplish cast to them. It also has really attractive bark. The small greenish-white flowers from May to July attract insects and bees. These are followed by small purple fruits that are borne in prof...
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  • Raphionacme  velutina

    Raphionacme velutina


    Raphionacme velutina is a very hardy, deciduous, multi-stemmed herbaceous plant with weakly-erect stems arising from a large, tuberous caudex, which is sometimes flattened. The small, elongated, hairy, grey-green leaves are folded upwards in well-spaced, opposite pairs. In spring and summer, it bear...
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  • Rauvolfia caffra

    Rauvolfia caffra

    Quinine Tree, Kinaboom, Monadi, Muņadzi, UmHlambamanzi, umKhadluvungu, umJelo, umThundisa

    Rauvolfia caffra is a hardy, evergreen to briefly deciduous, upright tree with beautiful large, glossy drooping, lanceolate leaves. The trumpet-shaped, small, white flowers are carried in clusters at the end of the branches from May to October and are sweet smelling, attracting swarms of bees as wel...
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  • Rhamnus prinoides

    Rhamnus prinoides

    African Dogwood, Camdeboo Stinkwood, Glossy-leaf, Blinkblaar, Camdeboostinkhout, umGlindi, Umlindi, umGilindi, uNyenye, umHlinye, liNyenye, Mofifi

    Rhamnus prinoides is a very hardy, evergreen, very fast growing, large shrub with beautiful glossy almost mirror-like leaves. The small inconspicuous greenish-yellow flowers are borne all year round and attract insects.  The black berries which follow provide food for fruit eating birds al...
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  • Rhigozum obovatum

    Rhigozum obovatum

    Yellow Pomegranate, Karroo Gold, Karroo Rhigozum, Geelberggranaat, Berggranaat

    Rhigozum obovatum is a very hardy, semi-deciduous, drought-resistant, twiggy, spiny shrub with small blue-green leaves. It bears brilliant, golden, trumpet-shaped flowers in spring or early summer, especially after rain. Depending on the rain it can flush on and off throughout summer. Although the ...
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  • Rhoicissus tomentosa

    Rhoicissus tomentosa

    Common Forest Grape, Bosdruif, khundwi, moaparo, isinwazi

    Rhoicissus tomentose is a hardy, evergreen, robust, woody climber with rough, greyish-brown bark. The ornamental, almost circular to kidney-shaped, dark-green leaves are interspersed with velvety tendrils.  The young leaves are hairy and a rich copper or purple colour while the old leaves turn ...
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  • Rhoicissus tridentata

    Rhoicissus tridentata

    Bushmans Grape, Bosmansdruif, isinwasi, isaoni

    Rhoicissus tridentata is a very hardy, deciduous, fast-growing, drought-resistant, vigorous climber or scrambling shrub with attractive, dark-green foliage that turns red in autumn. The small, greenish-yellow flowers are borne in tight clusters on a densely-hairy inflorescence from November to April...
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  • Rotheca myricoides

    Rotheca myricoides

    Blue Cat’s Whiskers, Bloutontelhout, Umbozwa

    Rotheca myricoides (= Clerodendrum myricoides) is a fairly hardy, medium sized, evergreen, very decorative shrub with beautiful foliage.  It has massed spikes of purple flowers in spring and summer which attract the beautiful Carpenter Bees.  The edible fruit attracts birds to the garden....
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  • Rothmannia capensis

    Rothmannia capensis

    Scented-bells, Witklokke, Muratha-Mapfene, Morutla, Isiqathankobe, Ibolo

    Rothmannia capensis is a hardy, evergreen, small to medium sized tree. It has attractive bark that cracks into segments like crocodile skin. The glossy dark green leaves are crowded at the ends of the branches. From December to February it bears magnificent, large bell-like, sweetly scented, white...
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  • Rothmannia globosa

    Rothmannia globosa

    September Bells, Septemberklokkies, isiGcatha-inkobe, umGubhe

    Rothmannia globosa is a hardy, evergreen (sometimes briefly deciduous) well-shaped, small tree with attractive bark that becomes neatly squared with age. It has dark green glossy leaves. Clusters of magnificent, white, bell-shaped, sweetly scented flowers adorn the tree from August to November. Th...
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