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 chabaudi




Botanical name

Aloe chabaudi

Other names





A stemless aloe up to 80 cm in height with the inflorescence; forms clumps through suckering

Description of stem

Stemless to occasional short stems

Description of leaves

About 20 grey-green to blue-green leaves, reddish in direct sun, usually feintly longitudinally lined, sometimes confluently spotted (H-shaped) on both surfaces, especially on young plants, lower surface convex; leaves about 50 cm long and 10 cm wide at the base; cartilaginous edge and fine whitish teeth on leaf margins only; the leaf apex does not recurve as in A. globuligemma

Description of flowers

Inflorescence consists of a panicle characterised by multiple branching, sometimes slender, but often a profuse flourish of bright-red or pink-red flowers with an indentation just beyond the bulbous base of the perianth; raceme cylindric; anthers excerted

Desciption of seed/fruit


Description of roots

Tends to make suckers from which new rosettes appear


One of the more variable aloe species

Propagation and cultivation

Grows easily, a common garden plant and multiplies over time into clusters of rosettes





Ecological rarity

Not threatened

Pests and diseases



More associated with Zimbabwe than South Africa as the central domain of the species


Open grassland in various soil types, often near granite hills

Distribution (SA provinces)

Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Kwazulu-Natal


South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania

[Information from Reynolds, G.W. (1966) The Aloes of Tropical Africa and Madagascar. The Aloes Book Fund, Mbabane, Swaziland]









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