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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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Indigofera hilaris

Botanical name

Indigofera hilaris

Other names

Red indigo bush




Small perennial herb or bushy shrublet of up to 40 cm in height

Description of stem

A few yellow-green, erect branches

Description of leaves

Compound with usually two pairs of usually opposite, grey-green leaflets and a terminal one; leaflets lanceolate with a distinct point at the apex and folded inward along the central vein; margins entire

Description of flowers

Pink flowers in axillary racemes on short stalks that typically do not extend beyond the leaves, appearing in spring, often in profusion on new growth, conspicuous in burnt veld; petals about 7 mm long

Desciption of seed/fruit

A small pod

Description of roots

A permanent rootstockfrom which new stems emerge in spring



Propagation and cultivation





A food plant for larvae of some lepidoptera species

Ecological rarity

Not threatened

Pests and diseases



Hilaris = cheerful


Rocky grassland, hills and mountain slopes

Distribution (SA provinces)

Eastern Cape; Kwazulu-Natal; Free State; Mpumalanga; Gauteng; Limpopo; North West


South Africa; Lesotho; Swaziland; Zimbabwe; Zambia; Malawi; Mozambique; Tanzania; DRC


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