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12/04/2024

African Plants

Bayer, Bruce -  The New Haworthia Handbook
His second book on the subject, presenting must information in a very readable and well presented fashion. 1982 9 ½ x 6 ½ 124 pages plus 20 pages of colour photos
 
Cover: Softback
Comments: , In extremely good condition, Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)15.00
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View larger image of 'Haworthia, Haworthiopsis and Tulista:  A guide for collectors and growers'Breuer & Marks -  Haworthia, Haworthiopsis and Tulista: A guide for collectors and growers
This is a book for the very enthusiastic Haworthia grower. The authors are noted growers of these plants, and have used their experience of growing them in cultivation to present their view on the grouping of the plants based on Breuer’s previous publications using their morphological characteristics, distribution, and habitat ecology – no DNA analysis here! They use the concept of a cluster with a lower grouping of aggregate to bring together the plants they believe are closely related. The names of the species for each are listed and known localities plotted on a map along with their main features. The aim is to help growers identify the plants they have, and those they would like to acquire with a name they hope will be helpful. Each name is illustrated with quite a lot of plants in cultivation with habitat identification and try to show the variation from different locations aided by a distribution map. Brief introductory sections cover the plants history and cultivation. 2023 301 pages laminated illustrated hardback 12 x 8 ½
 
Cover: Laminated Illustrated Hard cover
Comments: Just a few copies available, , New
Price: £(GBP)50.00
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Carter, Susan -  New Succulent Spiny Euphorbias from East Africa
A somewhat technical volume, with detailed descriptions and many sketches. 1982 9 ¾ x 6 118 pages
 
Cover: Softback
Comments: Sign by author, Edges of cover quite faded, Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)8.00
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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
Comments: Cover somewhat worn, Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)5.00
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Compton herbaria & Kalos -  Proteas- Nature's Pride
Covers the whole family, including Australian Banksias. Selected species are illustrated with a colour photo, with limited information on each genus. 60 pages. No date - late 60's? 8 ¼ x 11
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , Cover with neatly applied clear self adhesive plastic to protect it. Slight fold to bottom of back cover, Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)6.50
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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
Comments: , New
Price: £(GBP)65.00
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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
Comments: , New
Price: £(GBP)25.00
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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
Price: £(GBP)17.50
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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
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , , New
Price: £(GBP)55.00
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Glen & Hardy -  Aloaceae (First part): Aloe. Flora of Southern Africa 5(1), Fascicle 1
Reclassifies Aloe by the addition of two new Section names, and new status for nine others, and recognizes 199 species. The graphic plates are all reproductions in monochrome, taken from the colour renderings in Flowering Plants of Africa. 1 portrait, 26 graphic plates, 147 distribution maps 2000 9 ½ x 7 172 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: Slight wear and discolouring to the cover and wear to the corners, Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)20.00
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Gunn & Codd -  Botanical Exploration of Southern Africa
The first 70 pages are an historical outline up to about 1750, whilst the rest is a dictionary of the Plant Collectors. 1981 11 x 8 400 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: Dust jacket has slight fading to spine and small mark to its front but otherwise in minimal wear, and is in a good plastic cover., Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)75.00
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Hardy & Fabian -  Succulents of the Transvaal
The 56 attractive full page colour paintings by Anita Fabian, which illustrate over 100 species, are accompanied by description and habitat information from David Hardy. 1992 12 x 9 138 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: Very good condition, Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)32.50
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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
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , , New
Price: £(GBP)7.00
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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
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , , New
Price: £(GBP)3.50
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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
Comments: , New
Price: £(GBP)27.50
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Nel -  Gibbaeum Handbook
Brief introduction and distribution comments are followed by a key and very detailed descriptions and commentary. 7 attractive colour paintings plus 50 black and photos and sketches. After all this time this is still the only book on these charismatic plants. 1953 10 x 7 ½ 117 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , Dust jacket has some small tears and a small area of loss and is in a good plastic cover to preserve is as best possible - at least it hast a dust wrapper! Body of book has brown(foxing) marks to the extreme edge of pages. A slightly rough copy - but how often do you find one which isn't?!, Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)75.00
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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
 
Cover: Plastic
Comments: Second impression 2005, , New
Price: £(GBP)32.50
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Cover: Softcover
Comments: Slant to binding, New
Price: £(GBP)32.50
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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 loss to the front of the dust jacket where a price label has been removed but otherwise very good for its age, Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)75.00
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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, School prize plate of original owner. Otherwise very good, Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)40.00
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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
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , , New
Price: £(GBP)10.00
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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
Price: £(GBP)15.00
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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
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , New
Price: £(GBP)15.00
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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
Price: £(GBP)5.00
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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
Price: £(GBP)7.50
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Tolken, H R -  A Revision of the Genus Crassula in Southern Africa
Contributions from the Bolus Herbarium No. 8 Part 1 & 2 A technical book which revises the genus and gives detailed descriptions, distribution and other details. 1977 9 ½ x 7 two volumes 595 pages
 
Cover: Softback
Comments: Slight fading to spine, Second hand book – please see important information
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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
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , New
Price: £(GBP)25.00
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View larger image of 'The Genus Gasteria, a synoptic review'van Jaarsveld, Ernst -  The Genus Gasteria, a synoptic review
The issue of Aloe (the journal of the Succulent Society of South Africa) which was the fore runner of his full scale book on Gasterias, and gives a far briefer account of the genus for those who wish to know more but not to the full extent of the book. Well illustrated with mostly colour photos and paintings. 1992 11 ½ x 8 ¼ 32 pages
 
Cover: Softback
Comments: , , Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)10.00
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Wickens, G E -  The Baobab - Africa's Upside-Down Tree
Reprinted from the Kew Bulletin Vol 37 No 2, this booklet looks at the distribution, biology and ecology of these fascinating plants, illustrated with 5 pages of B&W photos, and several sketches. 1982 9 ½ x 6 38 pages
 
Cover: Softback
Comments: , Very good condition, Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)10.00
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