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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
 
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Eggli & Taylor -  List of names of succulent plants (other than cacti) from Repertorium Plantarum Succulentarum (1950-1992)
Includes all Non Cactaceae names published in the Rep. Plant. Succ. to 1992, with additions and corrections. 1994 9 ½ x 6 176 pages
 
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View larger image of 'The Echinopsis Hybrids of Abbey Brook Cactus Nursery'Fearn, Brian -  The Echinopsis Hybrids of Abbey Brook Cactus Nursery
An attractive booklet celebrating the hybrids produced over 40 years at the nurseries. After a brief introduction to the background of the hybridization, most of the named hybrids are illustrated with colour photos and described along with the parentage of most of them. The main species used in hybrid activities are also described and illustrated. 2009 8 ¼ x 5 ¾ 102 pages
 
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Keen, Bill -  Cacti & Succulents Step by step to growing success
A good first introduction to the plants with good quality colour photos. 128 pages. 1990
 
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Bell, Shirley-Anne -  Growing Cacti and Other Succulents in the Garden
Covers all aspects of growing these plants outside in Britain, whether as permanent planting or summer bedding, with a wealth of ideas all well illustrated with colour photos. 2001 10 ¾ x 8 ¼ 200 pages
 
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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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View larger image of 'The Complete Encyclopedia of Succulents'Jezek & Kunte -  The Complete Encyclopedia of Succulents
Arranged by family, this books covers a wide range of succulent plants, both those which are familiar as well as many of the more unusual and desirable species, and includes Bromeliads. Each specie is briefly described with cultivation information, and illustrated with a colour photo, a number of which are habitat photos - some are quite impressive. 2005 9 ½ x 6 ¾ 303 pages
 
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View larger image of 'Austrocactus 2015'Sarnes, Elisabeth & Norbert -  Austrocactus 2015
Following on from their first book on Patagonia’s cactus plants, this successor concentrates on just Austrocacti. The species the authors recognise are described, and illustrated with a range of photos of their habitat, plants in habitat and in cultivation with several full page which will inspire many to try these plants! Distribution maps and seed photos (by Detlev Metzing) are also included, and introductory sections cover the history of their discovery, habitat etc. Produced on much heavier paper than the first book. Dual German and English 2015 8 ¼ x 8 ¼ 124 pages
 
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View larger image of 'Succulents - The Illustrated Dictionary'Sajeva & Costanzo -  Succulents - The Illustrated Dictionary
Whilst maybe not quite so polished as the Preston-Mafham volume on cacti, with its 1200 colour photos it is a very useful book none the less for its illustrations of many of the “other” succulents at an affordable price. 239 pages 1995 Cassell 10 ¾ x 8 ¾
 
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View larger image of 'A History of Succulent Plants'Rowley, Gordon -  A History of Succulent Plants
Once again Gordon has produced something totally different by looking at the history of man’s involvement with succulent plants from the earliest records through to the modern hobby, written is his easygoing style, and illustrated with the widest and most wonderful selection of pictures, old and modern and as ever including the way out as only he could! 1997 10 x 10 409 pages
 
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View larger image of 'Echeveria Cultivars'Schulz & Kapitany -  Echeveria Cultivars
This is the book that will get you looking under the bench, the back of the staging and the office window for those plants you use to grow and haven’t worried about too much in recent years! It takes more than 150 of the best cultivars and illustrates them attractively giving concise cultivation and propagation information for each, as well as the expected introductory sections. An enthusiastic book! 2005 11 ¼ x 8 ¾ 208 pages
 
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Borg -  Cacti
Although somewhat outdated, it is still a useful classic. 512 pages and 63 pages of B&W photos. 1970 4th edition 8 ½ x 5 ½
 
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View larger image of 'Ferocactus'Pilbeam & Bowdery -  Ferocactus
The well known author of many Cactus etc books teamed up with the person who has probably cultivated more of these plants in the UK to a size impractical for most of us, and pooling their knowledge of cultivation and habitat have provide this well written and attractively illustrated account of these somewhat overlooked genus of plants to show what can be achieved in cultivation. Deserves to make the plants more popular. 2005 10 x 7 ½ 116 pages
 
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Schwantes -  Flowering Stones & Mid-Day Flowers
A classic of its time, and still well regarded. Many descriptions along with B&W photos, and 8 colour plates of paintings. 1957 9 ¾ x 6 ¼ 420 pages
 
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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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Andersohn -  Cacti and Succulents
An attractively produced book covering all aspects of the plants and hobby, from habitat through cultivation and selected species, well illustrated. 8 ½ x 7 ¾ 1983 312 pages
 
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View larger image of 'Cacti and Succulents in Habitat'Preston-Mafham -  Cacti and Succulents in Habitat
Ever wanted to know how these plants survive in habitat? Then this book gives a fascinating visual and narrative account. 159 pages with over 170 colour photos. 1995 9 ½ x 7 ½
 
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Pizzetti -  Macdonald Encyclopedia of Cacti
300 species described, each with a colour photo two to a page. A useful and interesting book. 384 pages 1985 7 ½ x 4 ½
 
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Haage, Walter -  Cacti & Succulents - a practical handbook
How many of us started with this book – a wonderful introductory book for its time, both for its content as well as those many sketches down the side of the pages as well as the many good for its time colour photos? How many well worn copies are there still around?! 1963 9 ½ x 5 ½ 264 pages
 
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Rowley -  Anacampseros, Avonia, Grahamia A Grower's Guide
Another fascinating book from this author which covers all aspects of history, habitat, botany, cultivation and species that you would expect, all well illustrated. 9 ¾ x 7 ¼ 80 pages
 
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Gentry -  Agaves of Continental North America
The classic book on the subject which describes the plants in great detail. Numerous B&W photos, sketches and maps, and just the one colour photo. 1982 10 ¼ x 7 ¼ 670 pages
 
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Comments: , Fading to spine and adjacent front of the dust jacket, and clear tape along the top of the front and top and bottom of the spine of it. Otherwise very good., 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.
 
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Rowley -  Haworthia Drawings of John Thomas Bates
Starts with biographical information about Bates, along with his plants. The major part of the book is a selection of his drawings covering the years 1933 to 1945. 1985 9 ¾ x 7 ½ 58 pages
 
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Roberts, Norman -  Baja California Plant Field Guide
Quite long introduction to the area geology, climate and phytogeographic areas and keys to the plants, before the plants are illustrated with typically 4 colour photos per page with descriptions on the opposite page. 1989 9 x 6 309 pages
 
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View larger image of 'Echinocereus'Pilbeam, John -  Echinocereus
This well known and respected author does it again, and produces a book for the grower of these popular and attractive plants. Their distribution is covered in some detail with 8 pages of full page maps which shows which states of the USA and Mexico each taxon is found in. Cultivation and classification are covered before going on to consider each taxon, which are based on the New Cactus Lexicon with some more recent additions which the author thinks have merit. Concise descriptions (as the author believes there has been a lot of detail published elsewhere) are given for each along with comments, with colour photos, many in quite large format. 2011 11 ¼ x 8 ½ 176 pages
 
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View larger image of 'Cacti of Texas in their natural habitat'Konings, Gertrud & Ad -  Cacti of Texas in their natural habitat
A fairly large format book in which the authors cover all 136 species to be found in Texas. Designed to be attractive and understandable to non cactus specialists, it is artistically designed with many mainly larger colour photos usually including flowers and fruits, accompanied by non technical descriptions. Brief introductory sections cover the habitats where they can be found and general identification help, and concise location information and compact distribution maps complete the book. 2009 10 ¾ x 11 ½ 216 pages
 
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View larger image of 'Succulents in Nature'Guglielmone & Costanzo -  Succulents in Nature
A rather different and interesting book which looks at the concerns over succulent plant conservation. A brief introduction considers the evolution of succulent plants followed by the places and environments where they occur in the world. The areas of the world where they occur are then each considered in detail with their individual factors with final sections considering the risks and hotspots – places where there are unusually large numbers of species. Well illustrated with many interesting colour photos and maps. 2012 8 ¾ x 8 ¾ 128 pages
 
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Barthlott -  Cacti
Whilst it covers the usual range of topics for such a book, such as cultivation and species to grow, this book is unusual for other topics it goes into, such as their uses, the photomicrographs of seeds, pollen and spines, and the inclusion of more epiphytic cacti than most other books. 249 pages including 84 pages of colour photos. 1979 8 ¼ x 5 ½
 
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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.
 
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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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Cullmann & Gotz & Groner -  The Encyclopedia of Cacti
An introductory book which doesn’t pitch itself at a low level. About one third is introduction to growing the plants, and the rest an A-Z of Cacti to grow with good colour illustrations. 340 pages 1984 10 ¾ x 8 ½
 
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View larger image of 'The Plantfinder's Guide to Cacti & Other Succulents'Grantham & Klaassen -  The Plantfinder's Guide to Cacti & Other Succulents
A general introduction to these plants, with very much an emphasis on the "other" succulents, including a good helping of both the new and old as well as the familiar and the less so, 192 pages. 1999 David & Charles 10 ½ x 8
 
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View larger image of 'Threatened Cacti of Mexico'Anderson Montes & Taylor -  Threatened Cacti of Mexico
Looks at 52 species thought to be threatened giving a review based on field study. Well illustrated with colour photos. 136 pages 1994 10 x 7 ¼
 
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Craib -  Hystrix - The natural habitat and cultivation of some southern African succulent Pelargoniums Part 1
Observations on the ecology of South African Geraniaceae, and hints on their cultivation. Also includes hints on seed raising. 1992 8 ¼ x 5 ½ 27 pages
 
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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
 
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View larger image of 'The Genus Echeveria'Pilbeam, John -  The Genus Echeveria
Another book from this popular author on a likewise genus which has been in need of a book of this nature for a long time, this concentrates on the species (as opposed to the Schulz book which is only on the cultivars). Primarily an A-Z of the 140 species, giving original description source, distribution, description and cultivation information, all well illustrated with over 450 colour photos and 17 distribution maps. 2008 11 x 8 ¼ 330 pages
 
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View larger image of 'Gymnocalycium in Habitat and Culture'Charles, Graham -  Gymnocalycium in Habitat and Culture
A welcome new book on a popular genus of Cacti from a well known author in the Cactus Plant World. Based on his extensive experience of cultivating these plants and observing them in habitat, the book is written in his usual informative and easy to read style. After brief introductory sections on their history, characteristics, classification, cultivation, habitat and distribution, the bulk of the book covers the 56 species that he recognises. For each species and recognised sub-species there is a full description, etymology (meaning of the species name), distribution with a map, conservation status, history, commentary and cultivation information. The 624 colour illustrations cover the typical countryside they live in as well as plants in habitat, historic illustrations and plants in cultivation, and show some of the variation in the species. Final sections cover further reading, references, chromosome counts, cristate and variegated plants and Graham’s collection numbers. All that the grower would want. 2009 11 ¼ x 8 ½ 288 pages
 
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View larger image of 'A Gallery of Agaves'Pilbeam, John -  A Gallery of Agaves
A well produced and presented book primarily of large format colour photos of the plants, many full page, mainly of mature plants many in habitat and others in cultivation including variegates and oddities. Brief introductory sections cover classification, cultivation and distribution. Concise captions give where first described, classification, distribution and brief commentary. 2013 11 x 8 ½ 317 pages
 
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Buxbaum -  Cactus culture based on biology
Seminal work on plant nutrition, and sets out Buxbaum's phylogenies. 23 colour photos in 12 plates, 95 text-figs, 7 folding maps 1958 8 ¾ x 5 ¾ 224 pages
 
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View larger image of '100 Cactus Argentinos: Spanish language'Kiesling & Demaio -  100 Cactus Argentinos: Spanish language
An updated and expanded edition of the book first published in 2005 – this time Roberto Kiesling has teamed up with Pablo Demaio. The first few pages cover what is a cactus and other basic information, and a few at the end are on cultivation. But the vast majority of the book is details about the plants. 29 species get a full page colour photo with text and supplementary colour photos on the opposite one, whereas the rest get just a single whole page with text and colour photos. The vast majority of the photos are of plants obviously in habitat with some equally obviously in cultivation, and some indeterminate! Spanish 2018 9 ½ x 6 ¾ 160 pages
 
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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
 
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