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 Gorteria, Drimia and Dimorphotheca. 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 Herbs, Bulbs and Shrubs 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 tenuior

Botanical name

Aloe tenuior

Other names





A rambling or shrublike aloe consisting of several semi-erect, sometimes rambling or prostrate stems emerging from a central rootstock at ground level that is characteristic of this species

Description of stem

The name 'tenuior' indicates the thin stems that will take root along the part of the stem lying on the ground; the leaves are spaced along the stem and clustered into the terminal rosette; dead leaves persist on the stems; stems may exceed 2 m

Description of leaves

Grey-green, lanceolate and fleshy, often unevenly curving inward, with both surfaces smooth and small soft teeth on the edges

Description of flowers

Racemes, usually unbranched of small yellow, orange or red flowers in nearly cylindrical, slightly conical shape; flowers appear mainly from late autumn until the end of winter, although flowers may be found in positive conditions throughout the year

Desciption of seed/fruit


Description of roots



Colour variations in flowers and leaves

Propagation and cultivation

Grows very easily from cuttings in varying circumstances, some watering and good drainage will benefit the plant; collecting seeds may be a laborious affair as very few seeds per pod are usually found


Varying temperatures and rainfall conditions


Garden shrub used in landscaping; in traditional medicine a decoction from the root has been used for treating tapeworm; also used in some way as a purgative

Ecological rarity

Not threatened

Pests and diseases





Dry grassland and thickets


Eastern Cape, Kwazulu-Natal


South Africa


Aloe tenuior photo by Ricky Mauer









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