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 Brunia, Quaqua and Paranomus. 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 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 Langkloof. A new Parks and Gardens Album for the Caledon Wildflower Garden has also been created from existing material.


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Dicoma zeyheri

Botanical name

Dicoma zeyheri

Other names

Toy sugarbush; doll's protea; jakkalsbos (Afrikaans); distel (Afrikaans)




Erect, perennial shrublet of up to 40 cm in height with a sturdy rootstock

Description of stem

Light grey, erect

Description of leaves

Opposite to sub-opposite, oblanceolate, green above, whitish below; tapering to pointed apex; entire margins; sessile

Description of flowers

Single, cup-shaped composite flowers with conspicuous, multiple and stacked sharp-pointed calyx leaflets or sepals; the surface of disc-florets has a purply dark and soft textured appearance; appear from late spring through autumn and even into winter

Description of seed/fruit


Description of roots



D. zeyheri subsp. argyrophylla is a Kwazulu-Natal variant; there are 35 Dicoma species worldwide (including in India) with 18 species occurring in southern Africa

Propagation and cultivation





Roots are used in treatment of stomach disorders; also used in treating livestock

Ecological rarity


Pests and diseases



It may have invasive tendencies in certain agricultural areas and is mentioned as a weed in the Global Compendium of Weeds;


Grassland, open bushy areas

Distribution (SA provinces)

Gauteng; North West; Mpumalanga; KZN


South Africa; Swaziland


Dicoma zeyheri late in the flowering season; Photographed by Mercia Komen

Dicoma zeyheri in full bloom in the Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy


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