1. New Albums and some changes
The latest genera Albums added to the Operation Wildflower Site are the ones on Melianthus, Metalasia and Brabejum. 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 Trees 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.
2. Want to talk about an Album Item?
There is a new way of communicating with the Editor of this Site regarding any of the Album Items.
Please ensure that the Album Item concerned is clearly identified. Type its exact title as well as the Album Name in the Subject Line of your email. Please also state your name.
|Botanical name||Psydrax livida|
|Other names||Canthium huillense; green-twigs quar; groenboom; groenkwar (Afrikaans)|
|Dimensions||Deciduous or evergreen shrub or small tree, occasionally up to 6 m in height|
|Description of stem||Smooth, light grey; small branches green; branches opposite, spreading sideways at same level|
|Description of leaves||Opposite, bright green above, dull below, sometimes hairy, especially along the four or five veins, mildly undulating; net-veining conspicuous, light-coloured, raised on lower surface; margin entire;ovate; apex tapering, base rounded|
|Description of flowers||Creamy to yellow, green edges to petals; occur in axillary clusters in summer, exude an unpleasant odour|
|Desciption of seed/fruit||Hard brown oblong seed appearing during autumn|
|Description of roots|
|Propagation and cultivation|
|Uses||Browsed by livestock; ornaments made from the wood|
|Pests and diseases|
|Other||The Psydrax genus is closely related to the Canthium genus, within which this tree was previous classified|
|Location||Bushveld, rocky woodland, riverine thickets|
|Distribution (SA provinces)||North West; Gauteng; Mpumalanga; Limpopo|
|Country||South Africa; Namibia; Botswana; Zimbabwe; Zambia; Mozambique; Zambia; Kenya; Angola|
|Coates Palgrave, 2002|