Who we are & what we do

     The Team

                        From left to right: Duncan Heath, Thabo Maphisa, Ivan Lätti, Emari Linde, Elrich Linde

    Ivan Lätti is the Editor of this Website. He started it under the guidance of the late Mercia Komen as part of the activities of the Operation Wildflower Association in Johannesburg. This organisation used to save indigenous plants at risk of destruction caused by development projects. He is continuing the Site in similar form, following the discontinuation of the Association in 2019. He used to work in the social sciences and human resources fields before retirement to Onrus and has no qualifications in botany.

    Elrich Linde is qualified in financial management and works in that field, these days in London. He grew up in the Free State and is interested and skilled in website development and information management. He has created the associated site, All About Aloes.

    Emari Linde is qualified in physics and has worked in information technology and medical physics. She is interested in becoming involved with the Site and in gardening. She grew up in Johannesburg and currently lives in London.

    Thabo Maphisa is the self-taught Main Photographer of the Site, currently living in Zwelihle, Hermanus. He is interested in plants, music and outdoor life. He grew up in Hekpoort, Gauteng.

    Judd Kirkel Welwitch is a renowned flower photographer and hunter of southern African plant species in some of the remotest parts of the region. Generous sharing of his photos and knowledge has contributed greatly to this Website over the years since it was started in 2007. He lives in Johannesburg.

    Duncan Heath is the Webmaster of this Site. He has worked in information technology for many years and consults in IT. He lives in Fisherhaven, Hermanus.