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.





A Selection of Album Categories

Aloe cooperi

Botanical name Aloe cooperi
Other names Isiputumane (Zulu)
Family Asphodelaceae
Description of stem Stemless or short-stemmed
Description of leaves Light green leaves may have a few white spots near the base on the upper surface whilst the lower surface is generally spotted near the base; the leaves are arranged fanlike, only in mature plants sometimes becoming a rosette; the leaf is normally markedly keeled; only the edges have teeth
Description of flowers Single, conical raceme with pink, cerise, light yellow or occasionally red flowers in summer; the perianth is pendulous once open; bracts noticeable around the base of the pedicel
Desciption of seed/fruit
Description of roots
Variation Grows bigger in more conducive climatic zones of its natural distribution; variations tarkaensis and broomii have been described
Propagation and cultivation Attractive rock garden plant for also harsher climates
Uses A garden plant; the young leaves and flowers are cooked as a vegetable; there is a report that horses given some of the boiled leaf juice to drink become rid of ticks (
Ecological rarity Well represented in its distribution area
Pests and diseases Snout beetle, white scale and fungus
Location Coastal and inland hills, high (summer) rainfall areas
Distribution (SA provinces) Mpumalanga, Kwazulu-Natal
Country South Africa, Swaziland









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