This website on South African plants is continuing as a stand-alone project from July 2019, undertaken by the founding editor and associates. Transfer has been implemented from the Operation Wildflower Association as opportunities for plant collections by members of the Association have become unfavourable and rare.
The site remains dedicated to growing affinity for South African plants by presenting them to the public. The free information on plants and related issues is aimed at interested people who are not necessarily trained in botany or related fields. Hopefully interest can be kindled in those susceptible to such interests, for there is always a next generation not yet familiar with what grows around them.
The rich heritage of South African plant diversity deserves knowledgeable and motivated citizens, over and above the specialists and those employed in the field, to care and conserve wherever nature is under threat. The more accessible the information, the easier it becomes to grow knowledge, interest and involvement.
Continual improvement of the Site is done by adding more plants to the Albums, extending the information provided, as well as by correcting errors as they are discovered. This will hopefully make the material useful to many, whether in search of specific information or for browsing and widening a perspective.
Technical terms used are basic or defined. The style is informal to accommodate relaxation mode as plants often form part of a leisure time hobby. This may widen readership, but brief entry point descriptions will occasionally indicate study topics that can be explored further elsewhere.
1.New Albums and some changes
The latest genera Albums added to the Operation Wildflower Site are the ones on Cotula, Lobostemon and Babiana. This means that photos and stories of plants belonging to these genera already on the Site have been moved from the more general Albums called Herbs, Shrubs and Bulbs into their own new Albums under Genera.
There is a genus Album in every case where enough material has been accumulated to warrant a stand-alone grouping of photos and stories. There are now more than 140 such Albums on genera of South African plants. The biggest ones (showing most photos) belong to the genera Crassula, Euphorbia, Pelargonium and Aloe. Keep watching, more will be added! If there is no genus Album yet on the plant you are looking for, check under Types or the Search Box.
In order to access all items on a plant of interest, the Search Box should be used, entering the botanical name of the plant. Most photos and stories on a particular plant are likely to be posted under Genera, (or if there are only few of them, in the conglomerate categories under Types). Habitat, Regions or Parks and Gardens may also contain some material on a species searched for, showing in the list generated when using the Search Box. The latest Parks and Gardens Album is the one on the Quiver Tree Forest.
2. How to use the Comments facility in the Albums
Any visitor to this Site can now register and log in as a registered user to comment on any Album item. The comment, question or suggestion regarding the selected item is submitted via email to the Editor.
New text or photo material on a South African plant can also be submitted for consideration by registered users. The final editing and posting of accepted material are done on this Site by the Editor only. The Site does not remunerate contributors for such input. Please ensure that the correct name of the photographer and/or author of text is furnished for inclusion with such a posting. All rights are reserved and the Editor’s decision is final.
Other enquiries or general communication regarding the Site can be submitted to the Webmaster.