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 Wiborgia, Ursinia and Romulea. 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, Herbs and Bulbs 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 150 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. How to use the Comments facility in the Albums


Any visitor to this Site can now register and log in as a registered user to comment on any Album item. The comment, question or suggestion regarding the selected item is submitted via email to the Editor.


New text or photo material on a South African plant can also be submitted for consideration by registered users. The final editing and posting of accepted material are done on this Site by the Editor only. The Site does not remunerate contributors for such input. Please ensure that the correct name of the photographer and/or author of text is furnished for inclusion with such a posting. All rights are reserved and the Editor’s decision is final.


Other enquiries or general communication regarding the Site can be submitted to the Webmaster.


A Selection of Album Categories

Aloe lutescens

Botanical name

Aloe lutescens

Other names





Classified as a stemless aloe that grows in groups with comparatively large, erect rosettes

Description of stem

Very short, cannot support the heavy rosette off the ground, so the stem, usually not visible during casual observation, is positioned sideways, horizontally

Description of leaves

Narrow, erect leaves with the tips curved inwards, varying in colour between light green and a yellowish green; small sharp teeth occur only on the leaf edges, with both surfaces being smooth

Description of flowers

Usually up to three racemes per inflorescence, appearing in winter; the buds are dark red on the conically shaped raceme, but the open perianth has turned light yellow and by then characteristically hanging down

Desciption of seed/fruit

Fleshy green capsules

Description of roots

More likely to make suckers and form clusters than A. cryptopoda



Propagation and cultivation

Transplants without difficulty, seeds germinate easily; half-day sun preferable; slow-growing


Will withstand periodic drought


A popular and rewarding garden plant

Ecological rarity


Pests and diseases

May rot in too shady and over-watered conditions 


Resembles aloe cryptopoda, the flowers similar to the bicolour variation of A. cryptopoda that used to be called Aloe wickensii; has shorter and broader racemes, with the mouth of the perianth upturned; lutescens means 'becoming yellow'


Rocky slopes and grassland in full sun or semi-shade

Distribution (SA provinces)

Limpopo Province; Mpumalanga


South Africa; Botswana

Photographed by Dorette Potgieter in Gauteng

Photographed by Ricky Mauer during August









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