Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) - core area
This is the flagship park of SANParks, situated in the heart of Cape Town or 'The Mother City'. There are over 1500 species known from the Table Mountain area itself N of Constantia Nek. Over 2200 species occur in the whole park, which includes Lions Head and Signal Hill and the mountains on the Cape Peninsula through to Cape Point itself.
For Jacob Bobart (1599–1680), German botanist and the first horti praefectus (superintendent, head gardener) of the Oxford Physic Garden; which cultivated medical herbs; the first garden of its kind in England. He was the author of Catalogus Plantarum Horti Medici Oxoniensis, sci Latino-Anglicus et Anglico-Latinus (1648); a catalogue of 1600 plants that were in the garden. His son, Jacob Bobart the Younger (1641–1719), succeeded his father as horti praefectus and became acting professor of botany at Oxford.
From the Latin ‘nutans’ / ‘nutans’ meaning ‘nodding’
For George Clifford (1685–1760), Dutch merchant and banker, amateur botanist and zoologist. He was a director of the Dutch East India Company and owned a magnificent garden at Hartecamp, Netherlands, as well as a private zoo in Amsterdam. George Clifford is best known as a patron of the Swedish naturalist Linnaeus, whom he employed as ‘hortulanus’ and who catalogued the family’s unique collection of plants, herbarium and library. The result was Linnaeus’s 530-page book Hortus Cliffortianus (1738), his first important work, in which he described many species from Clifford’s garden. The publication was paid for by George Clifford as a private edition.
With leaves resembling the genus Ruscus (Asparagaceae)