Plant Descriptions

Each of the plant descriptions includes:

  • A colour photograph of the flower.
  • The name of the family to which the plant belongs.
  • The scientific name of the plant (the genus and species).
  • Common names of the plant.
  • A description of each plant: its structure, height and width, what the leaves and flowers look like, and how it grows.
  • Where the plant grows: the parts of the country.
  • How the plant is used, e.g. picked for the fresh- or dried-flower industries.
  • Conservation information, as listed in the Red Data List of South African Plants (which assesses the status of South Africa’s
    entire flora): threats to the survival of this species.

A colour label to tell you if the plant is common or threatened, as per the Red Data List:

  • Green label – this plant is common (least concern), so it may be picked for the market, with the relevant CapeNature licences.
  • Orange label – this species is near threatened. It can be picked, with authorisation from CapeNature.
  • Orange label – this species is declining. It can be picked with authorisation from CapeNature.
  • Red label – this species is vulnerable. It can be picked, with authorisation from CapeNature.
  • Red label – this species is endangered, and should not be picked.
  • Red label – this species is critically endangered, so it should not be picked.

The Vulnerability Index (VI) scoring of relevant plants:

  • 1 – 4: Least Vulnerable;
  • 5 – 6: Species that should be monitored;
  • 7 – 8: Species that are a priority to monitor;
  • 9 – 11: No-go species that should not be picked.

Nb. Not all the species have Vulnerability Index scores. This is because most of these species are not found naturally
on the Agulhas Plain. However, they may be present and be harvested if they have been artificially sown.