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Insects and related species: Antlions - Ants - Bees - Beetles - Bugs - Butterflies, Moths and Caterpillars - Centipedes and Millipedes - Cockroaches - Crickets - Dragonflies and Damselflies - Grasshoppers and Katydids - Mantis - Stick Insects - Ticks and Mites - Wasps - Woodlice
Plants, Trees, Flowers: (Note: Unless plants fall into a specific species such as Cacti, they have been classified by their flower colour to make them easier to find) Bonsai - Cacti, Succulents, Aloes, Euplorbia - Ferns and Cycads - Flowers - Fungi, Lichen and Moss - Grass - Trees
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Friday, March 9, 2012

Wild Sweetpea (Sphenostylis angustifolio)

Wild Sweetpea (Sphenostylis angustifolio) family Fabaceae

This is a small, spreading shrub and when in bloom, is very pretty. I always wonder when I find these wild plants why more of them are not used in our gardens instead of all the ones they import and many times become invasive species.

Flowers may be right or left-handed, depending on the plant and the stylar deflection results in pollen deposition on one side of the bee’s abdomen.
 This is a special adaptation to facilitate cross-pollination and outcrossing.

Leaf infusions are used in traditional medicine.
Information from: Wild flowers of South Africa by Braam van Wyk