1. New Albums and some changes
The latest genera Albums added to the Operation Wildflower Site are the ones on Metalasia, Brabejum and Bauhinia. 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 Shrubs and Trees 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 160 such Albums on genera of South African plants. The biggest ones (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. Want to talk about an Album Item?
There is a new way of communicating with the Editor of this Site regarding any of the Album Items.
Please ensure that the Album Item concerned is clearly identified. Type its exact title as well as the Album Name in the Subject Line of your email. Please also state your name.
The following information on the natural distribution of the aloe species of the world was found in the book: Aloes, The Genus Aloe, edited by Tom Reynolds and published by crc press.
Several countries in Africa and the Middle East have even fewer indigenous species of aloes, down to those that have only one aloe species growing indigenously (see the book for this detail).
Some species occur naturally in only very restricted areas, e.g. Aloe peglerae that is found on part of the top of the Magaliesberg in the Gauteng and Northwest provinces of South Africa. Other aloe species may be found naturally spread over the indigenous vegetation of several countries.
Aloe vera again, has now been planted by so many people for so long over such a large part of the world, that its exact origin (somewhere in the Middle East) is no longer quite certain.
|Country||Number of Aloe Species|
|Botswana, Eritrea, Lesotho||8|