Notices for Users of the Albums

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.


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Aloe greatheadii, var. davyana

Botanical name

Aloe greatheadii, var. davyana

Other names






Description of stem


Description of leaves

One of the maculate spotted aloes, the leaf-end is often dried out in harsh climatic conditions, whilst lush in shady and moist conditions; spots or short stripes on green, pink or purplish leaves are quite variable on the upper surface, light green underneath and unspotted

Description of flowers

The inflorescence is often branched, flowers appear powdery pink to almost cream with variable colouring on tepals; a basal swelling is present on the perianth as occurs in several of the maculate aloes; flowers occur in winter; they are usually 60 to 80 cm in height

Desciption of seed/fruit


Description of roots



Variable flower colour



Propagation and cultivation

Transplant easily or grown from seed


Hardy; fire, frost and drought resistant


White inner leaf parts close to centre often eaten by baboons in winter

Ecological rarity


Pests and Diseases

Low susceptibility




Grassland, rocky and open terrain


Gauteng; Free State; North West


South Africa


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