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 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.


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Aloe barberae

Botanical name

Aloe barberae

Other names

Aloe bainesii; boomaalwyn (Afrikaans)




Much-branched trees with prominent trunks, often over 15 m; tallest of the SA aloes

Description of stem

Can be over 2,5 m in diameter, usually with a broad 'foot' at ground level; bark even, grey-brown with a sandpapery roughness

Description of leaves

Dark green, smooth, recurving and longitudinally channelled; can be over a meter long on young plants, shorter on old trees; light-coloured edges with small teeth on the edges (only)

Description of flowers

Comparatively small and inconspicuous panicles of pinkish to orange flowers from May to August

Description of seed/fruit

Large green capsules

Description of roots




Propagation and cultivation

Grows easily from truncheons in different soil types; any stem with a rosette is likely to grow if planted in well-drained soil; the rosette is sometimes removed from a stem to induce the growth of multiple new branches, rosettes sprouting from the surface of the stem; once these are strong they are removed for transplanting


Not very drought or frost resistant


Sought after garden plant; becoming very common in parks and bigger gardens, fast-growing

Ecological rarity

Common, not threatened

Pests and diseases





Forest and coastal bush areas in warm and higher rainfall (above 750 mm p.a.) areas

Distribution (SA provinces)

Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga


South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique


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