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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 Bothalit 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 'Geophytic Pelargoniums'Craib, Charles -  Geophytic Pelargoniums
Based on more than 10 years study in habitat by the author, this book describes the species and distribution, and includes their growth cycle as well as cultivation and cultivation potential. Each specie is illustrated by a sketch by Gill Condy, and 12 in full page colour painting. 2001 10 ¾ x 8 126 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , New
Price: £(GBP)75.00
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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)47.50
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View larger image of 'Australian Succulent Plants'Kapitany, Attila -  Australian Succulent Plants
The author is a Succulent Plant Nurseryman based in Australia, and has set out to provide more information on them and stimulate interest in their cultivation by writing and publishing an attractive book on the subject. Knowledge of their cultivation is almost unknown, and this book doesn’t have the answers but aims to encourage experimentation and the collation of successful techniques. A very wide range of plants are covered, from tropical Hoyas and Dischidias through orchids and halophytes through to more “desert” type plants such as Calandrinias organised by growth type – ground, ephiphytes (including rock dwellers), shrubs and trees, and is extremely well illustrated with many colour photos. 2007 11 ¼ x 8 ¾ 240 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , New
Price: £(GBP)65.00
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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. Maybe 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)30.00
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View larger image of 'Baja California und seine Inseln'Wolf, F & R -  Baja California und seine Inseln
For those addicted to Cactus books (and I can understand it!), it gets increasingly difficult to find new acquisitions. Well this book could solve the problem! It is a lavishly illustrated book on the area, with the main focus on the Cactus plants, but does include other aspects of the area making it something of a travelogue. Entirely in German, but we’re all good Europeans now so that shouldn’t be a problem! 1999 12 x 8 ¼ 424 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: Whilst new the dust jacket has some wear., New
Price: £(GBP)120.00
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