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 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.


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Psydrax livida

Botanical name Psydrax livida
Other names Canthium huillense; green-twigs quar; groenboom; groenkwar (Afrikaans)
Family Rubiaceae
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  
Variation Sometimes evergreen
Propagation and cultivation  
Uses Browsed by livestock; ornaments made from the wood
Ecological rarity Common
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

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