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African Plants

Codd editor -  Bothalia volume VIII August 1966 Supplement 1
Articles which will have a wider appeal are the flowers on the new decimal coins and their development, Dyer on “Field work is not all fun” relating collecting Cycads, a profile of Leslie Charles Leach and vegetative propagation of Proteaceae and Ericaceae. 1966 9 ½ x 7 ¼ 69 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
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View larger image of 'Namaqualand - a succulent desert'Cowling & Pierce & Patterson-Jones -  Namaqualand - a succulent desert
This fascinating book takes in all aspects of how plants cope with their environment in this fascinating part of South Africa. Lavishly illustrated with colour photos, the native fauna is not ignored, either. 156 pages. 1999 12 x 10 ¾
 
Cover: Hardback
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View larger image of 'The Bushman Candles'Craib & Lavranos -  The Bushman Candles
This fabulous large format book, on what hobbyists still tend to call Sarcocaulons but taxonomically are now all included in Monsonia and the title “Bushman Candles” neatly sidesteps, is based around the extensive field knowledge of the two authors. For each of the 15 species there is a full description and diagnostic features, geographic distribution and habitat preference, history, life history, autecology, conservation status and synonyms. This is supplemented by a distribution map and many colour photos in habitat. And one of the crowning glories of the book are the paintings by Ellaphie Ward-Hillhorst for the Moffet 1979 Bothalia ion of the Genus Sarcocaulon which are reproduce life sized. If this wasn’t enough there are chapter on Bushman Candle Art, Reminiscences by Moffett, Ellaphie Ward-Hillhorst by Graham Duncan, Homelands by Bowen Boshier who provided his pencil drawings to show the landscape the plants grow in, Gerhard Marx on the botanical art he provided for the book, photographing in habitat by Connall Oosterbroek who provided many of the photos, and finally their culture. For me this is an exceptional book, both on the quality and range of its contents as well as presentation. Even if you are not very interested in Bushman Candles the information on Southern African habitats and the botanical art are exceptional. Those who have been waiting a long time for it to be published won’t be disappointed by the end result! 2011 13 x 10 192 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
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View larger image of 'Grass Aloes in the South African Veld'Craib, Charles -  Grass Aloes in the South African Veld
Quite a long introduction section describes not only the expected aspects of taxonomy, growth cycles, pollination and seed dispersal, but also the role of fire and changes to habitat, but also the background to the botanical illustration and habitat sketches. Each species is given a very comprehensive description including habitats, growth cycle and cultivation, and illustrated with a beautiful full page colour botanical art illustration by Gillian Condy. On heavier paper than the Cotyledon book and in a slip case. Again a magnificent Umdaus Press production. 2005 12 ¾ x 9 ¼ 156 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
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View larger image of 'Gerhard Dreyer's Wild Flowers'Dreyer & van Jaarsveld -  Gerhard Dreyer's Wild Flowers
An attractive posthumous compilation of some of the marvellous photographs taken by Dreyer’s both panoramas and close ups well reproduced accompanied by informative text by Ernst van Jaarsveld. 2003 8 ¾ x 11 ¼ 80 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , Very slight wear to dust jacket, New
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Dyer, R A -  Flora of Southern Africa volume 27 part 4 - Brachystelma, Ceropegia and Riocreuxia
Key to the species with detailed descriptions and other information with sketches. 1980 9 ½ x 7 91 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
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Eliovson -  Discovering Wild Flowers in Southern Africa
Over 100 species illustrated with a colour photograph, plus some information about each plant. 253 pages. 1969 smaller format edition. 9 ¾ x 7
 
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Comments: 1969 smaller format edition. 9 ¾ x 7, Second hand book – please see important information
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View larger image of 'Succulents of Southern Africa'Fransden, Robin -  Succulents of Southern Africa
The author has set out to produce the most comprehensive guide to these plants yet produced, and whilst it doesn’t cover every known specie it includes a tremendous number of them. After a brief introduction to the area and plants, there are also brief biographies of the main personalities who discovered and made the plants better known. The vast majority of the book covers the plants by family with concise descriptions on one page and colour photos, which have come from a number of sources, on the opposite page to the text. A glossary and selected bibliography are also included. It is a substantial book and has certainly achieved its aim. 2017 10 ½ x 8 ½ 504 pages
 
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Germishuizen, Gerrit -  Illustrated Guide to the Wildflowers of Northern South Africa
A tall pocket style guide to over 600 of the more commonly found plants in the region, with a brief description and and colour painting by Brenda Clarke. 2000 Briza Publications 8 ½ x 4 224 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: Slight werar to cover, New
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Jacobsen, W B G -  The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa
A detailed account of the popular plants with introductory sections on their distribution, ecology and plant communities they are found in before giving a key to families and genera which are then described in some detail and illustrated with black and white photos. 1983 11 ½ x 8 ½ 542 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: Slight wear to the edge of the dust jacket, and the first 40 pages have had some water staining to a bottom corner - the pages haven't stuck together but there is some discolouring and wrinkling., Second hand book – please see important information
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View larger image of 'The Aloes of Malawi'Lane, Stewart -  The Aloes of Malawi
Organised by growth form to make identification easier, this book gives description and a distribution map, with a sketch for some species and at least one and usually more colour photos for each specie. Brief sections including cultivation conclude the book. Umdaus Press 2004 10 x 7 ½ 56 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
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Leistner, O A -  Seed Plants of Southern Africa
A technical book which starts with a key to families, and the details by family the genera with description, references etc. 2000 12 x 8 ¼ 775 pages
 
Cover: Laminated Illustrated Hard cover
Comments: Fading to spine, Second hand book – please see important information
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View larger image of 'Wildflowers of Southern Africa (Sasol First Field Guide)'Manning, John -  Wildflowers of Southern Africa (Sasol First Field Guide)
A small introductory booklet to the plants, that gives 44 species a page each, with description, distribution map and colour photos packed in. Short introductory section. 1999 6 ½ x 4 ¼ 57 pages
 
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View larger image of 'SASOL First Field Guide to Succulents of Southern Africa'Manning, John -  SASOL First Field Guide to Succulents of Southern Africa
A small introductory booklet to the plants, that gives 48 species a page each, with description, distribution map and colour photos packed in. Short introductory section. 2001 6 ½ x 4 ¼ 57 pages
 
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View larger image of 'Field Guide to Wild Flowers of South Africa'Manning, John -  Field Guide to Wild Flowers of South Africa
A chunky field guide style book, which starts with a brief introduction to the regions and floral types and how to identify plant families. The plants are organised by 10 groups which the author defines to help people find the correct plant. The book covers around 1100 species, with compact colour photos on one page – typically 4-9 per page, with concise descriptions and distribution maps on the opposite page. 2009 8¼ x 5 ¾ 487 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
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Meredith ed -  The Grasses & Pastures of South Africa
The first part of the book deals with identification of the grasses to be found, whilst the second the management of them. Mostly black and white photos and sketches with 32 colour plates. 1955 9 ¾ x 7 ½ 771 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  Second impression 1959, Poor dust wrapper and the spine starting to split away from the book block., Second hand book – please see important information
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View larger image of 'Field Guide to the Succulent Euphorbias of Southern Africa'Moller & Becker -  Field Guide to the Succulent Euphorbias of Southern Africa
Starting with brief sections on what is a Euphorbia, their evolution, taxonomy, conservation, cultivation and uses the major part of the book is details of the plants. Divided in to 18 groups explained in the introduction each species is given a page for the description, habitat etc, distribution map and photos showing the whole plant and close ups of flowers and fruit and in some cases stem detail. Taxonomy table, glossary, bibliography and index complete the book. 9 ¾ x 6 ¾ 320 pages 2019
 
Cover: Laminated Illustrated Hard cover
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Plowes & Drummond -  Wild flowers of Rhodesia
A useful book on the plants of this area, on which there is very little, with a brief introduction followed by 193 plants described with colour photos on the opposite page. 1976 6 ½ x 8 ½ Around 160 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: Very good for its age, Second hand book – please see important information
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View larger image of 'A Field Guide to Wild Flowers Kwazulu-Natal and the Eastern Region'Pooley -  A Field Guide to Wild Flowers Kwazulu-Natal and the Eastern Region
Illustrates about 2400 species with a colour photo, typically 6 - 10 per page, with description and distribution map on the opposite page. Includes the Drakensberg. Remarkably comprehensive. 630 pages 1998 8 ¼ x 5 ¾
 
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Comments: Second impression 2005, , New
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Comments: Slant to binding, New
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View larger image of 'Monadenium'Pritchard, Albert -  Monadenium
A marvellous book on these little known mainly East African plants which last had a book devoted to them nearly 50 years ago. Although they’ve been recently reclassified as Euphorbias, the author sticks to their more familiar Monadenium names (except for two species named since the reclassification) with the new name consigned to the end of their descriptions and an appendix. After a brief introduction on what a Monadenium is, the majority of the book is an A-Z of the species with habitat and description and concise cultivation comments where known. The book finishes with a brief general cultivation section. It is all very well illustrated with many good colour photos and some botanical illustrations, some quite large format. Another very good Cactus & Co publication. 2010 11 ½ x 8 ¼ 109 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , New
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Reynolds, G W -  The Aloes of Tropical Africa and Madagascar
197 species are described, each illustrated in B&W photos, along with 106 colour photos. Still a classic on these plants after more than 40 years. 1966 10 ¾ x 7 ¾ 537 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , Some wear to dust jacket but not bad for its age, Second hand book – please see important information
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Reynolds, Gilbert -  The Aloes of South Africa
Still a classic of it’s time, well illustrated with many photos, mainly B&W as well as a number of colour photo plates which depend on the edition.. 10 ¾ x 7 ½ 526 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: 1982 fourth edition with a further 4 page update making 538, and 57 colour plates, Spine of dust jacket faded and wear and small tears to edges some of which have been repaired with clear tape., Second hand book – please see important information
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Cover: Hardback
Comments: . Original 1950 edition with 77 colour plates, A poor copy of the 1950 edition, with no dust cover, slight split to the spine which is intact, and generally quite worn from a much used copy., Second hand book – please see important information
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View larger image of 'Pachypodiums in Madagascar'Roosli, Walter -  Pachypodiums in Madagascar
After an introduction by John Lavranos the book goes straight in to looking at each of the 23 accepted taxons (species and subspecies) with a distribution map, attractive detailed botanical sketches of the plant and parts (flower, seedpod) . Illustrated with a good number of colour photos of the whole plant, flowers, seedpod etc, all in habitat. 2018 English edition of the German language edition first published 2015 9 x 5 ¾ 173 pages THIS IS A PROPERLY PRINTED BOOK WITH THE PHOTOGRAPHS IN COLOUR – NOT PRINT ON DEMAND WHERE ONLY THE COVER IS IN COLOUR AND THE INTERNAL PHOTOS ARE IN BLACK AND WHITE.
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , , New
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View larger image of 'Succulent Compositae'Rowley, Gordon -  Succulent Compositae
This is Gordon’s attempt to popularise a group of somewhat overlooked plants, and whilst subtitled “A grower’s guide to the succulent species of Senecio & Othonna”, as you’d expect he does also cover the history and morphology of the plants in his easy going manner. The succulent species and forms are individually covered in detail and are illustrated with colour photos and the occasional reproduction of an historic print. 1994 10 ¼ x 7 ¼ 238 pages Please note that Strawberry Press books are quite heavy and vulnerable to their corners being bumped in transit. I’m afraid that I cannot guarantee that there is no minor bumping on the copies I supply, but for those books with more serious damage I have reduced the price accordingly.
 
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Comments: , Slight wear to the edge of the dust jacket, Second hand book – please see important information
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View larger image of 'Guide to Succulents of Southern Africa'Smith & Crouch -  Guide to Succulents of Southern Africa
A useful compact introduction to 240 of the more common succulent plants of the area, typically 2 species to a page, with description, one or more colour photos and distribution map. 2009 8 ¼ x 5 ¾ 136 pages
 
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View larger image of 'Succulent Paradise: Twelve great gardens of the world'Smith & Figueiredo -  Succulent Paradise: Twelve great gardens of the world
An innovative book, it celebrates 12 gardens in South Africa, Europe and North America which have substantial collections of succulent plants. An introductory section looks at the various considerations of the plants and gardens before going on to describe each, illustrated with a wide range of colour photos. 2013 9 ½ x 7 ¾ 184 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , New
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View larger image of 'Aloes in Southern Africa'Smith & van Wyk -  Aloes in Southern Africa
The first part of the book looks at what is an Aloe, its near relatives, botany and ecology. Then it looks at the species by habitat type after which their possibilities for gardening are considered and finally a short section on their uses. The authors are well known experts on the plants and the book is very well illustrated with many colour photos. 2008 9 x 8 ¼ 136 pages
 
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Cover: Softcover
Comments:  (RRP £14.99), New
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Stokes, Hazel -  What Succulent Is That
A charming small book about some of the more common South African succulent plants, with descriptions and 9 double pages of attractive colour illustrations as shown in the picture. 1974 4 ¾ x 5 ½ 86 pages
 
Cover: Laminated Illustrated Hard cover
Comments: Somewhat worn cover and remains of price label, Second hand book – please see important information
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Struik (Publisher) -  Wild Flowers of South Africa
.A very attractive book with good quality colour photos arrnaged by plant family with a brief introduction to each of them. 127 pages 1996 revised second edition.
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , Very good - must be a more recent reprint as it has an ISBN13, Second hand book – please see important information
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View larger image of 'Madagascar - a Paradise at Risk'Teissier, Botta & Blanchy -  Madagascar - a Paradise at Risk
Another of Cactus & Co’s well produced booklets which is packed with photos of the fascinating plants (and a few animals) from this marvellous country. 2006 9 x 6 ½ 64 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , New
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View larger image of 'Tree Aloes of Africa'van Jaarsveld & Judd -  Tree Aloes of Africa
First in a planned series of books covering all the Aloe family – including Gasteria, Haworthia etc – this covers what in latest classification are now termed Aloidendron, six species of Tree Aloe, plus the closely related Kumara plicatilis - what was previously known as Aloe plicatilis. As with all Ernst van Jaarsveld books, there is much wider information than just the plants themselves. It starts with an explanation about the background to the reclassification and botany, before going in to the history of the plants discovery by early settlers and explorers until the present day. Chapters then cover their distribution and ecology, and cultivation. The species are then covered in detail with an attractive full page colour painting by Eric Judd and colour photos showing the whole plant, flowers, habitat etc. 2015 10 ½ x 8 74 pages
 
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Comments: , New
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View larger image of 'The Southern African Plectranthus - and the art of turning shade to glade'van Jaarsveld & Thomas (illustrations) -  The Southern African Plectranthus - and the art of turning shade to glade
Following on from his first book on these plants 20 years ago, this is everything you’d hope from this well known botanist. It covers the history of their discovery and cultivation, his hunting for them in their natural habitats, garden uses in suitable climates, hybrids, distribution and ecology before going on to describe each of the 55 known and accepted SA species (and a couple of other) each illustrated with colour photos and a full page botanical illustration by Vicky Thomas. Augustbe not the most popular of plants, but Fernwood Press have produced a book that will be enjoyed by many who haven’t previously been captivated by them. 2006 12 x 9 ¼ 176 pages
 
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Comments: , New
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van Jaarsveld & Ward-Hilhorst -  Gasterias of South Africa
After a detailed introduction to the genus, each species is detailed with a 2 (sometimes 4) page spread, including a full page colour painting by Ellaphie Ward-Hillhorst, plus detailed notes and one or more colour photos of the plants habitat. 96 pages 1994 12 x 9 ¼
 
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