1. New Albums and some changes
The latest Albums on genera of South African plants added to the Operation Wildflower Site are the ones on Ledebouria, Asclepias and Antimima. This means that photos and stories of plants belonging to these genera already on the Site, together with some new ones, have been moved from the more general Albums called Bulbs, Herbs and Mesembs respectively 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 210 such genera Albums. 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, the grouping that the Site was started off with, accessible via the pictured items shown on the right. The Search Box may yield more, for plants and related material are also shown in Albums on Habitat, Regions and Parks and Gardens.
In order to access items on a plant of interest, enter its botanical name in the Search Box. Entering other words or names will access what is contained in the Albums database. The latest Regions Album is the one on Nature's Valley and the latest Parks and Gardens Album is on Tietiesbaai also known as the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve.
2. Want to talk about a plant or 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.
3. Reduced Mobile Site for Cell Phone Users
Operation Wildflower now also offers a reduced Mobile Site for cell phone use that only presents the Albums contents. This is aimed at overcoming display difficulties on some of the mobile devices in use for quick reference.
It is best to use the normal or full Operation Wildflower Site on computers, iPads and devices with bigger screens, as well as those that present unimpaired display of full details and access to all material on offer.
Should viewing difficulties be experienced, click here to access the Mobile Site.
4. Subject Index
A Subject Index of a selection of topics touched on in Album Item text has been started, other than plant species. Access it via Information.
The Album Item Title should be clicked upon to open the Item dealing with the Topic.
Check in the Search Box for yet more subjects not added to the Subject Index list yet.
|Botanical name||Aloe cooperi|
|Other names||Isiputumane (Zulu)|
|Description of stem||Stemless or short-stemmed|
|Description of leaves||Light green leaves may have a few white spots near the base on the upper surface whilst the lower surface is generally spotted near the base; the leaves are arranged fanlike, only in mature plants sometimes becoming a rosette; the leaf is normally markedly keeled; only the edges have teeth|
|Description of flowers||Single, conical raceme with pink, cerise, light yellow or occasionally red flowers in summer; the perianth is pendulous once open; bracts noticeable around the base of the pedicel|
|Desciption of seed/fruit|
|Description of roots|
|Variation||Grows bigger in more conducive climatic zones of its natural distribution; variations tarkaensis and broomii have been described|
|Propagation and cultivation||Attractive rock garden plant for also harsher climates|
|Uses||A garden plant; the young leaves and flowers are cooked as a vegetable; there is a report that horses given some of the boiled leaf juice to drink become rid of ticks (www.plantzafrica.com)|
|Ecological rarity||Well represented in its distribution area|
|Pests and diseases||Snout beetle, white scale and fungus|
|Location||Coastal and inland hills, high (summer) rainfall areas|
|Distribution (SA provinces)||Mpumalanga, Kwazulu-Natal|
|Country||South Africa, Swaziland|