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Siegerist, Emily -  Bulbophyllums and Their Allies
Brief introductory chapters cover their history and classification and cultivation before going on to describe the plants in a fair amount of detail. Cirrhopetalum and other allied genera are also covered to the same degree. 44 pages of colour photos. 2001 9 ¼ x 6 ¼ 251 pages
 
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View larger image of 'Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park'van Wyk -  Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park
That it’s now in its fifth edition after nearly 25 years is a good indication of the quality and usefulness of this book. Over 200 species are covered, one per page with concise description and photos showing the overall form plus close ups of bark, leaves, flowers and fruit. 2008 8 ¼ x 5 ¾ 272 pages
 
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Baglin & Mullins -  Australian Wattles
Primarily a colour album of a selection of the species, each illustrated with a good quality colour photo, and with limited information on the plants. 34 pages 1968 7 ¼ x 9 ½
 
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Adams -  Wild Flowers of the Northern Cape
Approx 150 pages illustrating 173 species with attractive colour paintings, mostly one to a page. 1976 8 ½ x 5 ½
 
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Collenette -  Flowers of Saudi Arabia
An album of over 1700 colour photos with typically 4 pictures per page, illustrating 1500 species from the region. Each is given a brief description. 514 pages. 1985 12 x 9 ¼
 
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Verdoorn -  The genus Crinum in Southern Africa
In Bothalia vol 11 nos 1 & 2. A fifty page article on the genus, plus 14 full page botanical illustrations of plants previously printed in “Flowering Plants of Africa”. There are also many other articles on South African plants including commiphora Zantedeschia Stapeliads in South tropical africa etc. 1973 11 ¾ x 8 ¼ 203 pages
 
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Bramwell -  Wild flowers of the Canary Islands
The original classic with habitat and descriptions. 261 pages plus 64 pages of colour photos. 8 x 5 ¼
 
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Baglin Etc -  Australian Eucalypts
A brief colour guide to these plants.Paper cover, pages a bit wrinkled. 32 pages 80 colour photos. 1966 9 ¼ x 7 ¼
 
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Comments: , 1976 reprint, Second hand book – please see important information
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Baglin etc -  Australian Banksias
A brief colour guide to these plants. Paper cover, pages a bit wrinkled. £2. 32 pages 80 colour photos. 1970 9 ¼ x 7 ¼
 
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West -  Field Guide to Aloes of Rhodesia - Bundu series
Descriptions and 32 pages of colour photos. 1974 8 ¼ x 5 ¼ 96 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: Second edition 1992 revised by Kimberley titled "Aloes of Zimbabwe" 106 pages, , Second hand book – please see important information
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View larger image of 'Regions of Floristic Endemism'Van Wyk & Smith -  Regions of Floristic Endemism
Many of South Africa's unique species are concentrated in a few areas, and this book examines the phenomenon. Whilst the text is somewhat technical but still very readable, the book is well illustrated with colour photos, making it possible to browse easily when appropriate! 199 pages 2001
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: Collector's edition no 6 (of 40) with original purchaser's name on the certificate bound in leather and marbled board and with slip case in blue., , Second hand book – please see important information
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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
 
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Van Wyk & Malan -  Wild flowers of the Highveld
A compact field guide style book which describes more than 900 species arranged by colour giving concise descriptions and most illustrated with a colour photo. Brief introduction to the area and technical aspects. Second edition 1997 (first published 1988) 8 ¼ x 5 ¾ 353 pages
 
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Goode -  Cycads of Africa
A superb production from the authors 21 years of study of the plants. Each species is described, along with a distribution map, and illustrated with a series of attractive colour paintings by the author showing the whole plant, leaf and cone details etc. 1989 12 x 9 ¼ 256 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , Catch and 1/2 inch tear to the back of the dust wrapper. 1993 second impression., Second hand book – please see important information
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Medley Wood -  Handbook to the Flora of Natal
Concise descriptions. 1907 8 ½ x 5 ¼ 202 pages
 
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View larger image of 'The Botany of the Southern Natal Drakensberg'Hilliard & Burtt -  The Botany of the Southern Natal Drakensberg
Roughly a third of the book is about the aspects of the area in relation to the plants, and the rest a dictionary by family of the plants to be found, with brief descriptions and habitat. 253 pages including 38 pages of colour photos. 1987 9 ¾ x 7
 
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La Croix et al -  Orchids of Malawi
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La Croix et al -  Malawi Orchids: Volume 1: Epiphytic Orchids
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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
 
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Palmer & Pitman -  Trees of Southern Africa - 3 volumes
A most comprehensive book, which has a large introductory section which covers their distribution, relationship with animals, use as food and ornamentals. They are then covered by family, with keys, descriptions and a wealth of other interesting and useful information. Many illustrations, mainly black and white photos and sketches. 1972-3 11 x 7 ¾ 2235 pages
 
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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
 
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Evans, Ronald -  Handbook of Cultivated Sedums
The detailed description of many species, with sketches, along with cultivation, habitat and botanical information make this a remarkable study. 1983 7 x 10 345 pages plus 16 pages of colour photos
 
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Jeppe -  Natal Wild Flowers
A lovely book which describes 284 of the more showy wild flowers of the region, and illustrates them with the authors attractive watercolours in composite full page colour plates. 1975 11 ¼ x 8 ¾ 118 pages plus 56 pages of colour plates
 
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Linley & Baker -  Flowers of the Veld
Covers the plants by family, giving a fair degree of information on selected species to be found. 120 pages plus 32 pages of good colour photos. 1972 5 ¼ x 8 ¼
 
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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
 
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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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Trauseld -  Wild flowers of the Natal Drakensberg
A great many plants are illustrated with a colour photo on the left hand side of over 100 pages – typically 8 to a page but sometimes less when a larger picture is incorporated, with a concise description on the other page. 1969 11 ¼ x 8 ¾ 220 pages
 
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Codd editor -  Bothalia volume VIII May 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
 
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Lovegrove -  The Living Deserts of Southern Africa
A general natural history book, covering the Karoos as well as deserts. Plants get a reasonable amount of coverage within the overall context. Comprehensively illustrated with colour photos and diagrams. 224 pages 1993 12 x 9 ¼
 
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Nicholls -  Alpine Plants of North America
The author is a long time and well known UK nurseryman, who has also travelled extensively in the USA looking for those plants which will appeal and do well in the UK. This book gives an idea of the habitats these plants come from along with an A-Z Encyclopedia of the plants with description and cultivation advice, well illustrated with many colour photos.. 2002 10.5 x 7.5 344 pages
 
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View larger image of 'The Genus Cypripedium'Cribb -  The Genus Cypripedium
A classic book on these popular hardy orchids by a renowned author, which covers their history, morphology, ecology etc as well as their cultivation before going through each of the then recognised species. Well illustrated with 26 full page reproductions of botanic art plates by a number of artists, and 98 colour photos. 1997 9 ¼ 6 301 pages plus 27 pages of colour photos and 26 pages of colour plates.
 
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Rogers -  Peonies
A really comprehensive book on the plants, from their history through propagation, cultivation and uses through to recommended cultivars, well illustrated with 143 colout photos. 1995 9 ¼ x 6 ¼ 296 pages plus 72 pages of colour photos.
 
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Du Plessis & Duncan & Bodley -  Bulbous plants of Southern Africa
Subtitled “A Guide to their Cultivation and Propagation” in addition to the expert advice provided the outstanding feature of the book is the 47 full pages of the most attractive colour botanic art. 1989 13 ½ x 9 ½ 192 pages
 
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Ogden -  Plant-Driven Design
The authors believe that plants often get too little attention when designing gardens, and put forward the case for their approach which looks at the environment the plants are to grow in before selecting those which will be happy there as well as look well together and make an impressive and pleasing whole. Well illustrated with colour photos to show what their approach can achieve. 2008 11 x 9 ½ 281 pages
 
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Polhill -  Crotalaria in Africa and Madagascar
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Strid -  Atlas of the Aegean Flora
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Kiew, Ruth -  Begonias of Peninsular Malaysia
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Hilliard & Burt -  Streptocarpus
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View larger image of 'Wild Flowers of Namaqualand'le Roux -  Wild Flowers of Namaqualand
That this book has gone in to its fourth edition speaks volumes of its usefulness. It follows the field guide style format of the earlier editions but much chunkier. An introductory section explains the various types of habitats in the area covered, and then goes on to cover the species - - nearly 900 are covered which is a major increase of the original edition - typically two to a page, with a concise description next to a useful sized colour photo. 2015 8 ¼ x 5 ¾ 480 pages
 
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View larger image of 'Field Guide to Succulents in Southern Africa'Smith, Crouch & Figueiredo -  Field Guide to Succulents in Southern Africa
A chunky field guide style book which explains what is a succulent – which is much wider than UK growers would usually include such as bulbs and other borderline plants. It then considers conservation issues, and the plants’ distribution and their horticultural uses. Key features of each plant family are then given before going on to detail more than 700 species arranged by family with each given an introduction. Species include introduced and garden escapes as well as native plants, with each given a concise description, and inevitably only a small part of all the species can be included in a book of this size so the more interesting and commonly seen are concentrated on. A very large number of colour photos are crammed into the book. 2017 8 ¼ x 5 ¾ 464 pages
 
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Halda, Josef -  The Genus Daphne
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View larger image of 'Kirstenbosch:  the most beautiful garden in Africa'Huntley, Brian -  Kirstenbosch: the most beautiful garden in Africa
Published to celebrate the centenary of the gardens, the simple title doesn’t convey the exceptionally wide range covered within it. As expected it covers the history of the garden, but also goes on to look at the Cape Floral Kingdom, the Plant Hunters, the National Botanic Institute, conservation through cultivation, education and the future of both this jewel and also the rest of the National Botanic Gardens. All well illustrated with colour photos. 2012 10 ½ x 10 240 pages
 
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Hermans, Du Puy,Cribb and Bosser -  Orchids of Madagascar Second Edition
Concise descriptions are supplemented with 64 plates of colour photos illustrate 250 species along with line drawings of new species. Extensive bibliography. 2007 11 ¼ x 8 398 pages
 
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Withner -  The Cattleyas and their Relatives - Volume 2 The Laelias
A very readable account of these attractive plants. 154 pages with numerous colour illustrations. 1990 10 ½ x 7 ½
 
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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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View larger image of 'Gladiolus in Tropical Africa'Goldblatt -  Gladiolus in Tropical Africa
Describes 82 species, along with much interesting information on Gladioli, from this expert on African bulbs. 1996 10 ½ x 7 ½ 321 pages plus 16 pages of colour photos.
 
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Liden & Zetterlund -  Corydalis - a Gardener's Guide and a Monograph of the Tuberous Species
Both a monograph and a gardener’s guide, this book looks at the tuberous varieties along with a selection of non tuberous ones with brief sections on their botany, history, cultivation, pests etc The majority of the book is keys, descriptions with distributions along with cultivation information for each section along with 127 colour photos. 1997 9 ¾ x 7 ½ 144 pages
 
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Hilliard & Burtt (illustrations by Auriol Batten) -  Dierama - The Hairbells of Africa
These gracious bulbous plants are fully covered in this large format book, with introductory sections on their uses, history, botany, distribution etc before the 44 recognised species are described, 36 with botanical illustrations by Auriol Batten and the others with photos of dried specimens where live material/photos weren’t available. 1991 12 ½ x 9 ½ 152 pages
 
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View larger image of 'Calochortus - Mariposa Lilies & Their Relatives'Gerritsen & Parsons -  Calochortus - Mariposa Lilies & Their Relatives
These striking and challenging bulbs should become more popular with this attractive account of them, which shows the wide range of forms and colours as well as information on their habitat, classification and cultivation. Well illustrated with many colour photos. 2007 9 ¼ x 6 ¼ 232 pages
 
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Cappiello & Shadow -  Dogwoods
Most gardeners will be familiar with dogwoods, but are probably unaware of the wide range that are available today. The author takes us through the various groups and shows what they can provide especially with flowers and colourful barks. Their cultivation needs are covered as well as how best to use them, well illustrated with colour photos. 2005 10 ½ x 7 ½ 224 pages
 
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Comments: , Very minor wear to dust jacket (RRP £25), New
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Kozloff, Eugene -  Plants of Western Oregon, Washington & British Columbia
A comprehensive account of the plants of the area, with detailed keys and description, and 709 colour photos. A brief introductory section gives information of the Geographic and Geology and other information to use the book. 2005 10 ½ x 7 ¾ 512 pages plus 96 pages of colour photos.
 
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View larger image of 'Orchid Species Culture - Dendrobium'Baker & Baker -  Orchid Species Culture - Dendrobium
An encyclopaedia of cultivation information for this popular Genus of Orchids. 1996 11 ¼ x 8 ¾ 852 pages
 
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Halda & Haldova -  The Genus Gentiana
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View larger image of 'Penstemons'Nold, Robert -  Penstemons
This is a book primarily on the species of these popular plants, and in addition to the good descriptions covers cultivation, distribution, nomenclature, morphology etc. 1999 9 ¼ x 6 ¼ 259 pages plus 12 pages of colour paintings and 36 pages of colour photos.
 
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Stewart & Campbell -  Orchids of Kenya
The epiphytic, terrestrial and liane Orchids of Kenya are described, with about 2/3rds of them illustrated by colour photos. Many of the species grow in adjacent countries, and this wider distribution is covered. 1996 10 ½ x 7 ½ 176 pages.
 
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Millar & Mackay -  Orchids of Papua New Guinea
Described as “a first effort to produce a pictorial and geographical record of some of the orchids” the book is based on Millar’s extensive travelling through the area. Brief introduction to the area before descriptions of 203 species and the areas they grow in and illustrated with 270 colour photos by Roy and Margaret Mackay. 1999 11 ½ x 8 ½ 118 pages
 
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