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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Tetradenia riparia

Botanical name

Tetradenia riparia

Other names

Ginger bush; watersalie (Afrikaans); iboza (Zulu)




Large deciduous and dioecious shrub, seldom a tree, up to 3 m

Description of stem

Smooth, light grey to brown bark

Description of leaves

Ovate, sometimes round soft and sticky, hairy; veins indented above, prominent below; margin toothed; leaves exude a spicy scent

Description of flowers

Axillary and terminal spikes of very small light mauve, white or sometimes pink tamarisk-like flowers appearing late winter to early spring, usually before the leaves

Description of seed/fruit


Description of roots






Propagation and cultivation

Grows very easily from cuttings; plant in frost-free positions


Frost tender


Leaf infusions used by traditional communities for a variety of respiratory, stomach and other ailments, including malaria; attracts a variety of insects

Ecological rarity


Pests and diseases



Tetradenia = having four glands; riparia = growing on river banks


In lightly forested areas and near water

Distribution (SA provinces)

Limpopo; Mpumalanga; Kwazulu-Natal


South Africa

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