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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Bauhinia galpinii

Botanical name

Bauhinia galpinii

Other names

Pride of De Kaap



Fabaceae, previously Leguminoseae


Spreading shrub of 3m or more, may ramble into trees, sometimes a tree

Description of stem

Light-grey bark

Description of leaves

Characteristic bauhinia two-lobed semi-attached leaves

Description of flowers

Five-petalled flower of long-stemmed brick-red to orangy variations petals make conspicuous flowers attracting birds and many insects; flowers profusely through all of summer and autumn

Desciption of seed/fruit

A broad, woody pod that opens noisily when the seeds are freed

Description of roots






Propagation and Cultivation

Grows easily from seed or cuttings




Popular garden plant; hedge plant

Ecological rarity


Pests and Diseases





Woodlands, bushy areas


Mpumalanga, especially around BarbertonLimpopo Province; KwaZulu-Natal


South Africa; Mozambique; Swaziland; Zimbabwe


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