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.
|Botanical Name||Pteridium aquilinum|
|Other names||Eagle fern; Adelaarsvaring (Afrikaans)|
|Dimensions||Leaves reach 1,5m|
|Description of Stem||Underground stem covered in reddish hairs; the stems tend to branch, allowing the plant to spread and invade extended areas|
|Description of Leaves||Fernlike, glossy green and hard to the touch; spores under the leaves become a conspicuous powder brown-red powder; leaves die off after some months whilst new leaves emerge in favourable circumstances light green, soft and hairy|
|Description of flowers|
|Desciption of seed/fruit|
|Description of roots|
|Propagation and Cultivation||A problem plant on farms|
|Ecological rarity||Invades grasslands in mountainous areas and where land has been cleared of bush|
|Pests and Diseases|
|Other||Has been known to poison livestock, especially horses; a weed in East Africa; dry leaves highly flammable|
|Location||High rainfall areas, mountainous terrain|
|Distribution||Common throughout Southern Africa|