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.


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

Dais cotinifolia

Botanical name

Dais cotinifolia (SA 521)

Other names

Pompon tree; Kannabas (Afrikaans); inTozane-emnyama (Zulu)




Small tree or shrub

Description of stem

Smooth, brown to grey; pale corky streaks on the bark

Description of leaves

Simple, opposite, sometimes scattered or clustered at the end of branchlets, dark green, ovate to obovate; apex tapering, margin entire; young leaves lighter

Description of flowers

Pink dense spherical heads of tubular flowers appearing from November to February, conspicuous spreading over the tree's foliage

Description of seed/fruit

A small brown or blackish nut at the base of the residual flower

Description of roots



Flowers sometimes pinkish mauve

Propagation and cultivation

Grows readily from fresh seed sown in a suitable seedling mix; also grown from cuttings; grows quickly, needs a fair amount of watering


Not drought resistant; withstands mild frost


Cultivated for producing bark used in making ropes; a popular garden and urban pavement subject

Ecological rarity


Pests and diseases



Cultivated in Europe since 1764 (Coates Palgrave, 2002)


Forest margins or near rivers, wooded mountain slopes with good rainfall


Mpumalanga, Limpopo; Kwazulu-Natal, Free State; Eastern Cape


South Africa













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