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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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Leucosidea sericea

Botanical name

Leucosidea sericea

Other names

Oldwood; ouhout (Afrikaans); umtshitshi (Zulu)




A straggling shrub or a small, evergreen tree of around 4 m in height, occasionally reaching 7 m; multistemmed and may become 5 m wide

Description of stem

Brown flaking bark on irregular and gnarled trunks, young branches have hairy stipules remaining on them

Description of leaves

Alternate, compound with about four pairs of leaflets as well as a terminal one; dark green on top, lower surface greyish and covered in silky hairs; leaflets obovate; margins serrated, tend to curl inward from the sides; the leaf veins are markedly sunken on the upper surface

Description of flowers

Clustered in terminal sprays, five yellow to light-green petals, appearing in spring into summer

Desciption of seed/fruit

Clusters of small fruits at the flower base

Description of roots




Propagation and cultivation

Grows from seed or cuttings, hardy and fast-growing


Frost resistant


Firewood; a paste from the leaves is said to be used in the treatment of ophthalmia in Kwazulu-Natal; browsed by livestock and game; planted in gardens as hedges and as bonsai

Ecological rarity

Common, may invade in areas where soil neglect has occurred

Pests and diseases





Occurring on grassy slopes, in bushkloofs and along river banks

Distribution (SA provinces)

Eastern Cape, Free State, Kwazulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Gauteng and North West


South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe


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