South African Indigenous Plant Catalogue


  • Vallisneria spiralis

    Vallisneria spiralis

    straight vallisneria, tape grass, eel grass

    Vallisneria spiralis [= aethiopica] is a hardy, evergreen plant that grows completely submerged in water and cannot tolerate being above water. It has long, linear leaves that can range in colour from light-green to dark-green and can grow up to 1m tall depending on the depth of the pond. Its insign...
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  • Vangueria infausta

    Vangueria infausta

    wild medlar, wilde mispel, mpfilwa, mmilo, muzwilu, mavelo, umviyo, umtulwa, umvilo, umbizo, umviyo, mmilo, mothwany, umvile, amantulwane

    Vangueria infausta is a hardy, deciduous, drought-resistant, large shrub or small tree with big, velvety leaves that have prominent veins on the under-surface. Clusters of small, greenish-white, sweetly-scented flowers are borne from September to November, usually before the leaves appear. The frui...
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  • Vepris lanceolata

    Vepris lanceolata

    White Ironwood, Witysterhout, Muhondwa, Umozana, umZane, Muruvula

    Vepris lanceolata is a hardy, evergreen, very attractive tree with apple green foliage. It blooms with a myriad of small, white flowers from December to January, which give the tree a lacy look.  The black berries ripen throughout the autumn and winter and are an important source of food for ...
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  • Virgilia oroboides

    Virgilia oroboides

    Blossom Tree, Keurboom

    Virgilia oroboides is a hardy, evergreen beautiful tree with smooth, silver-grey bark in young trees that becomes grey and rough with age. It has feathery, grey-green, Acacia-like leaves. The scented pea-like flowers are pink, and, when the tree is in full flush from January to April, it is a sight...
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  • Volkameria glabra

    Volkameria glabra

    Smooth Tinderwood, Weeping Tree, Tontelhout, bitterblaar, Stinkboom, moswaapeba, munukha-tshilongwe, inunkisqaqa, umqaqongo

    Volkameria glabra (=Clerodendrum glabrum)  is a very hardy, semi-deciduous, fast-growing, small tree or large shrub with a dense crown. It has shiny, dark-green leaves that are pungent when crushed. From December to June it bears profuse, dense clusters of white to pinkish flowers that have lo...
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