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 Tritoniopsis, Melianthus and Metalasia. 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 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 160 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 Langkloof. A new Parks and Gardens Album for the Caledon Wildflower Garden has also been created from existing material.


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Aloe dichotoma

Botanical name

Aloe dichotoma

Other names

Quiver tree, kokerboom (Afrikaans)




A tree aloe, can be over 4 m in height

Description of stem

Characteristic multiple branching higher up (as opposed to A. ramosissima where the branching starts low down); forms a rounded crown of rosettes; the bark is yellow to light-brown, displaying scattered smooth and scaly patches with marked edges

Description of leaves

Blue-green, recurving and smooth leaves, about 5 cm wide at the base; small teeth on the distinctly paler or yellow edges

Description of flowers

Yellow flowers on branched panicles with the pistil and stamens protruding from the perianth

Description of seed/fruit


Description of roots




Propagation and cultivation

Many transplanted specimens die when planted outside the range of conditions of the natural environment, adding to the survival risk of this plant; the seed propagate easily and respond readily in well-drained soil


Extreme temperatures (below 0°C and up to over 40°C) and low rainfall, (less than 125 mm p.a.), characterise much of the natural distribution area, giving an indication of where it will grow well; does not tolerate too much water or frost


Common name derived from ancient use of the stem as a container for the arrows of hunters from the San tribes

Ecological rarity

Popular and threatened

Pests and diseases





Rocky, arid areas, usually sandy soil

Distribution (SA provinces)

Northern Cape


South Africa, Namibia

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