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.
All over South Africa we also have an archipelago of conservancies that allow ordinary citizens to join hands, strengthen their solitary little votes (that might appear so ineffectual against the forces of development destruction), for doing and supporting the right things of conserving nature in the many ways required; and hopefully let this grow into a benevolent force that pushes back the wrong type of developments, pollution, global warming and even global destruction. Go find out about the conservancy in your area and see what you can achieve by joining, associating, collaborating, learning, finding solutions and having some fun as a team!
Now what about South Africa’s conservancies remembering Operation Wildflower and involving us in imminent development projects where some natural vegetation is targeted by the bulldozers? If the plant lovers are invited to save any interesting or endangered plant endemic to your area, the list of endangered species may eventually be shortened! By saving I mean: remove with a Department of Nature Conservation permit, transplant privately, cultivate until seed is produced that can be sown in more places.
If Operation Wildflower cannot reach your area in terms of distances in our country, we can collaborate with you to develop a local branch of the organisation in your area on a nationally co-ordinated basis. This view is shared by our Chairman, West van der Vyver. Our Constitution of fifty years ago envisaged a national presence to achieve results wherever development may threaten plant diversity. (You will find the relevant information elsewhere on this website.)
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