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24/09/2018

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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: , , Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)60.00
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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 'The genus Ceropegia'de Kock, Dennis -  The genus Ceropegia
Primarily a picture gallery showing the various striking and unique flower structures of many of the species in this relatively poorly known and documented Genus. Brief description and location details are given for the around 350 species and forms illustrated with a colour photo, and there is a 4 page section on cultivation. 11 x 8 ½ 60 pages 2017
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , New
Price: £(GBP)27.00
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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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View larger image of 'Wild Lithops'Jainta, Harald -  Wild Lithops
This is a substantial book for those who want to know more about where the plants grow, what they look like in habitat and their variability. It isn’t about cultivation, or the cultivars which are in fashion these days. Based on his 16 field trips the author suggests a new simplified taxonomy. There are profiles of 60 people who have been prominent in their study and also a comprehensive bibliography. Well illustrated with heading on for 2000 photos, you’ll get a good idea of the leaf patterns as there is hardly a flower shown – maybe to show the patterns but the author said he travelled in Southern Africa during the Summer – to avoid the European winter – so no doubt too early for most of them. 2017 12 x 8 ½ 487 pages
 
Cover: Laminated Illustrated Hard cover
Comments: , , New
Price: £(GBP)75.00
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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
 
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Comments: , New
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View larger image of 'Succulents in cultivation - breeding new cultivars'Rowley, Gordon -  Succulents in cultivation - breeding new cultivars
Gordon’s books have always covered interesting and important subjects which have been overlooked previously, and this one continues the tradition. Some cacti and succulents have been hybridised or attractive forms selected for a long time, and he explains how this has come about. A large part of the book surveys the results achieved, and if you would like to try yourself to produce new and striking plants he explains the various way to try it – you don’t have to be a large multinational conglomerate for some of the methods which amateurs have successfully used in the past! Illustrated with many colour photos. 11 x 9 ¼ 248 pages 2017
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , , New
Price: £(GBP)32.00
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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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