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 Colophospermum, Brunia and Quaqua. 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 Trees, Shrubs and Succulents 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 170 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 Limpopo Valley and the latest Parks and Gardens Album is on the Mapungubwe National Park.


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Lachenalia bulbifera

Botanical name

Lachenalia bulbifera

Other names

Lachenalia pendula; Cape cowslip; rooinaeltjie (Afrikaans)




Small, deciduous perennial bulbous plant, with flower may reach 30 cm

Description of stem

Leaves and flower stem emanate from the bulb

Description of leaves

On or two green, broadly lanceolate, folding around the flower stem at the base, semi-erect, sometimes with purple spots on the upper surface

Description of flowers

About five to fifteen crimson to coral red tubular flowers hang from the single, sturdy flower stem, about 3 cm long when fully developed, the inner tepal tips tinged with green and purple markings; occur in autumn or winter

Desciption of seed/fruit

Oblong papery capsules contain round black seeds

Description of roots

Whitish, spreading from the bottom of the bulb; the bulb is round or flattened, fleshy, covered in a membranous tunic


Flower colour variations include pink, orange and occasionally yellow varieties

Propagation and cultivation

Sandy or loam, kept moist, well-drained; semi-shade, needs some direct sunlight; best grown in containers outside of the natural habitat of the Western Cape winter rainfall area; bulblets multiply naturally from healthy plants; can be grown from seed; leaf cuttings may yield bulbs if kept moist in suitable conditions




Garden or (unheated) greenhouse plant

Ecological rarity


Pests and diseases

Mealie bug and rust fungus


Pollinated by sunbirds


High winter rainfall coastal grass and scrub areas, on grassy dunes and granite outcrops

Distribution (SA provinces)

Western Cape


South Africa




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