Know, grow, protect and enjoy South Africa's indigenous plants
Location: Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Established in 1992, the Pretoria Branch was formed to support the development of a theme display exhibiting the diversity of the north-eastern interior within the Pretoria National Botanical Garden (PNBG).
About the branch
Today, it continues to support capital developments in the garden, as well as activities such as educational presentations, site visits, conservation projects, volunteer opportunities, support for CREW (Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers), and other social events.
About the Area
This branch serves the Pretoria and surrounding environs of the Gauteng area, with a special focus on the Pretoria National Botanical Garden. This area falls within the grassland biome, and is dominated by grass species, bulbous plants and smaller trees or bushes. The natural vegetation type present in the PNBG is Marikana Thornveld, comprising open Acacia karroo woodland. Important tree taxa in this vegetation type include Senegalia caffra (hook thorn tree), Vachellia tortilis subsp. heteracantha (umbrella thorn tree), Combretum molle (velvet bush willow tree), Searsia lancea (karee tree), Ziziphus mucronata (buffalo thorn tree), Celtis africana (white stinkwood tree), Peltophorum africanum (African blackwood tree) and Dombeya rotundifolia (wild pear tree).
Over 230 species of flowering plants, including over 40 different grass species, have so far been recorded by SANBI’s plant taxonomists in the natural grassland of the PNBG, making it an invaluable area for both plant conservation and environmental education.
The Pretoria Branch has supported civil action groups involved in urban conservation programmes, mainly in the Faerie Glen Nature Reserve, Groenkloof Nature Reserve and in the protection of patches of natural habitat in the Pierre van Ryneveld residential area.
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Monday to Friday 08h30 to 16h00. Closed on weekends and public holidays.
Our phones are faulty at the moment, please phone or send a message to our Whatsapp number: +27 65 922 6163 during our office hours.