1. New Albums and some changes
The latest genera Albums added to the Operation Wildflower Site are the ones on Paranomus, Hoodia and Hesperantha. 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, Succulents 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 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 Regions Album is the one on the Langkloof. A new Parks and Gardens Album for the Caledon Wildflower Garden has also been created from existing material.
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.
|Botanical name||Aloe cooperi|
|Other names||Isiputumane (Zulu)|
|Description of stem||Stemless or short-stemmed|
|Description of leaves||Light green leaves may have a few white spots near the base on the upper surface whilst the lower surface is generally spotted near the base; the leaves are arranged fanlike, only in mature plants sometimes becoming a rosette; the leaf is normally markedly keeled; only the edges have teeth|
|Description of flowers||Single, conical raceme with pink, cerise, light yellow or occasionally red flowers in summer; the perianth is pendulous once open; bracts noticeable around the base of the pedicel|
|Desciption of seed/fruit|
|Description of roots|
|Variation||Grows bigger in more conducive climatic zones of its natural distribution; variations tarkaensis and broomii have been described|
|Propagation and cultivation||Attractive rock garden plant for also harsher climates|
|Uses||A garden plant; the young leaves and flowers are cooked as a vegetable; there is a report that horses given some of the boiled leaf juice to drink become rid of ticks (www.plantzafrica.com)|
|Ecological rarity||Well represented in its distribution area|
|Pests and diseases||Snout beetle, white scale and fungus|
|Location||Coastal and inland hills, high (summer) rainfall areas|
|Distribution (SA provinces)||Mpumalanga, Kwazulu-Natal|
|Country||South Africa, Swaziland|