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 Justicia, Wiborgia and Ursinia. 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 and Herbs 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 speciosa

Botanical name

Aloe speciosa

Other names

Tilt-head aloe; slaphoringaalwyn (Afrikaans)




A single-stemmed or branched aloe that may reach over 5 m in height

Description of stem

Covered from the rosette downward in dry leaves, but not quite to ground level

Description of leaves

The slender blue-green leaves are smooth, can be nearly 1 m long and have pink edges with very fine teeth; the leaves appear somewhat irregularly arranged in the rosettes, compared to other aloes; the rosette is usually tilted at an angle

Description of flowers

Several single racemes may arise from a rosette on a short peduncle; the flower buds are red, turning to greenish white upon opening, with red-brown stamens exserted conspicuously

Description of seed/fruit


Description of roots




Propagation and cultivation

Grows easily in warm areas


Somewhat frost-resistant



Ecological rarity


Pests and diseases

Not attacked by snout-beetle




In rocky and bushy areas, along rivers

Distribution (SA provinces)

Western and Eastern Cape


South Africa



Aloe speciosa photographed by Jack Latti

Budding Aloe speciosa Photographed by Johannes Vogel









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