Plant Identification


I wonder if anyone would be able to point me in the right direction.

I am an artist, painting indigenous South African plant forms. I am researching my source material from a cultural rather than botanical perspective; linking the indigenous people of S.A. to the plants. I am trying to find common, folk or medicinal names for certain plant imagery in order to link the plants with various cultural groups/practices/folklore. I have attached an example of the Halfmens plant.

I have 15 plant images that I need help recognising in this regard. Each plant needs an appropriate common, folk or medicinal name and, hopefully, a brief ‘story’ to go with it.

I would so very much appreciate any assistance. Look forward to hearing from you.

Warm regards,
Claudia Gurwitz

3 Responses to Plant Identification

  1. emme May 4, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    have you tried contacting the herbarium at the durban bot gardens? they have a department of experts on indigenous plats and i’m sure there will be someone there who can help you.

  2. Johan Bodenstein May 5, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    Claudia I’d be happy to assist as best as my abilities can do. Send me the images in JPG format if you can or in PDF and I;ll have a go. I’ll tell if I find it difficult. Regards

  3. mol-d May 6, 2011 at 12:01 am #

    hi johan (and anyone else who is keen),

    here is the link:

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