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 vanbalenii



Botanical name

Aloe vanbalenii

Other names

Van Balen's aloe




Usually stemless or with a short stem

Description of stem

The short stems divide at ground level into multiplying clusters of rosettes

Description of leaves

The slender, channelled, recurving and sideways twisted leaves are coppery brown in exposed areas, greener in shade; fine teeth on the leaf margins only

Description of flowers

Two or three cone-shaped racemes per inflorescence; yellow, orange or red flowers are found; winter to spring

Description of seed/fruit


Description of roots



Flower colour variations; leaves green in shade, reddish in full sun

Propagation and cultivation

Grows easily from seed; full sun or partly in shade




Popular garden subject

Ecological rarity

Not threatened

Pests and diseases





Dry, rocky hills and mountains in exposed areas and among bushes

Distribution (SA provinces)

KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga


South Africa


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