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 Paranomus, Hoodia and Hesperantha. 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, Succulents and Bulbs 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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Maerua cafra

Botanical name

Maerua cafra (SA No 133)

Other names

Witbos (Afrikaans); bush-cherry




Woody shrub or small tree, occasionally 9 m tall

Description of stem

Light grey to dark brown; young branches marked with lenticels

Description of leaves

Digitately compound with three to five obovate leaflets, dark green and densely packed; shiny, glabrous; margin entire, sometimes notched around the apex, a hair-like tip

Description of flowers

Large number of conspicuous white stamens, greenish towards the base over four short green sepals and at the tips, petals absent; flowers appearing in terminal clusters during September to December

Description of seed/fruit

Oval green berry on a single stalk, October to December

Description of roots

Thick, tuberous



Propagation and cultivation





Leaves browsed by game; fruit eaten by birds; the roots are said to be ground up as a chicory substitute in coffee

Ecological rarity


Pests and diseases



The unusual spelling of cafra is due to early recorded naming habits


Wooded areas, bnushveld and rocky ridges


Gauteng; Mpumalanga; Northwest; Mpumalanga; Kwazulu-Natal; Eastern Cape


South Africa, Zimbabwe

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