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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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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 '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 '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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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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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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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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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 '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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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
 
Cover: Hardback
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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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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 '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 '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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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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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.
 
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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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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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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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
 
Cover: Softcover
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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 '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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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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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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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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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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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 '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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Lau, Alfred -  Feldnummern-Liste Alfred B. Lau Volume 2 South America 1968 - 1972
Updated list with additional comments in German and English 8 ¼ x 5 ¾
 
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Fagan, Damian -  Canyon Country Wildflowers
Over 190 species are described and illustrated with a colour photo in this field guide style book. 1998 9 x 5 ¾ 152 pages
 
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View larger image of 'Cacti & Succulents of El Paso'Champie, Clarke -  Cacti & Succulents of El Paso
After an introduction to the botany of cacti and the other succulents, the main plants to be found are described and illustrated with many B&W photos. 1974 10 ¼ x 7 100 pages
 
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View larger image of 'Garden Succulents (RHS Wisley Handbook)'Hewitt, Terry -  Garden Succulents (RHS Wisley Handbook)
Covers a wide range of true cacti, other succulents, bromeliads and such plants which might be able to survive in the UK outside in suitable areas and locations in gardens, along with cultivation advice. 8 ½ x 5 ¼ 96 pages
 
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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
 
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Knebel -  Phyllocactus. Compiled by Werner Engelhardt. Edited by Gertrude W. Beahm
Biography of Curt Knebel (first published 1949) and a brief history of his nursery. Checklist of his hybrid epiphylls, and notes on cultivation1 photo, 1 graphic. 2003 Reprint 8 ¼ x 5 ¼ 63 pages
 
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Knebel -  Phyllokakteen. Ein Buch von Züchtung und Pflege schöner Blumen. Bearbeitet und herausgegeben von Werner Engelhardt
German edition of Phyllocactus (1949), first published in 1951. 16 photos, 1 photo portrait German 2003 Reprint 8 ¼ x 6 Epric photocopy reprint spiralbound with poor photos. 90 pages
 
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Arloing -  Recherches anatomiques sur le bouturage des cactées. Deuxime Thèse présentée la Faculté des Sciences de Paris. Annales des Sciences Naturelles: Botanique, Sér. 6, 4.
Reprint (first published 1877) of anatomical studies in Cereus, Echinopsis, Rhipsalis and other Cactaceae. 2 graphic plates French 2003 8 ¼ x 5 ¾ 56 pages
 
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Stevens -  The systematic and evolutionary significance of phytochemical variation in the Eurasian Sedoideae and Sempervivoideae (Crassulaceae)
10 collected papers, previously published elsewhere, plus glossary and summary. 39 text-figs 1995 9 ¼ x 6 ½ 210 pages
 
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Knuth -  Geraniaceae
Reprint, originally 1912 from Engler, Das Pflanzenreich regni vegetabilis conspectus, Heft 53 Latin., 80 text-figs, pages uncut. A source-book for descriptions of all known species at that date. 198910 x 6 ½ 640 pages
 
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View larger image of 'Succulent Success in the Garden'Kapitany & Schulz -  Succulent Success in the Garden
A third book on the subject of the possible plants to grow outside in favourable climates, this time based on various locations where the plants can be grown, written by two Australian nurserymen, and again well illustrated with many good size and quality photos. 2001 9 ¾ x 7 ¼ 96 pages
 
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Rowley, Gordon -  Field numbers of succulent plants
GR numbers 1-614 (1968-83), with names and localities. 4 composite sketches + 5 black and white photos 1986 6 ½ x 5 59 pages
 
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Lutz -  Feldliste Eberhard Lutz 1986 bis 1999. Sonderheft 1999 des A.f.M.
Lutz field numbers 1-673 for USA native cacti. 2 photos German 1999 8 ¼ x 6 55 pages
 
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View larger image of 'BCSS History'Cox, John -  BCSS History
The author has been the society Archivist as well as a long term member of the Bradford branch which formed the basis of the society, and so has been well placed to put together this attractive and interesting album of recollections, articles, photos of early personalities etc. 2011 8 ¼ x 5 ¾ 20 pages
 
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View larger image of 'Introduction to California Plant Life'Ornduff, Faber, Keeler-Wolf -  Introduction to California Plant Life
A compact pocket style book which explains the climate and physical environment of the plants before looking in more detail at various vegetation types and the evolution and exploration of the flora. 188 colour photos. 2003 7 ½ x 4 ¾ 341 pages
 
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Augusts ed, Harry -  Succulent Liliaceae League of America and the Haworthia Review 1946-1948
A retypeset reprint of the Haworthia Review, originally edited by Jay Dodson, but now very rare. An introduction and index have been added by Harry Augusts. 22 B&W photos, 1998 11 ¾ x 8 ¼ 98 pages
 
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Meredith ed -  The Grasses & Pastures of South Africa
The first part of the book deals with identification of the grasses to be found, whilst the second the management of them. Mostly black and white photos and sketches with 32 colour plates. 1955 9 ¾ x 7 ½ 771 pages
 
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Smith, Lyman -  Notes on Bromeliaceae 1 - XXX111
Detailed descriptions and keys illustrated with sketches. Reprinted from Phytologia 1953 – 1971 as contributions from the Reed Herbarium no XX 1971 (1983 reprint) 9 ¾ x 6 ¾ 666 pages
 
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Jacobsen, W B G -  The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa
A detailed account of the popular plants with introductory sections on their distribution, ecology and plant communities they are found in before giving a key to families and genera which are then described in some detail and illustrated with black and white photos. 1983 11 ½ x 8 ½ 542 pages
 
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Appenzeller -  Feldnummern-Liste Steven Brack der Gattungen Coryphantha, Escobaria, Mammillaria und Neolloydia
Listed by genus, in both speices and collection number order. 1996 8 ¼ x 5 ¾
 
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Quinn, Meg -  Cacti of the Desert Southwest
80 cacti are each given a full page with a good size colour photo and description. 2001 9 x 6 88 pages
 
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View larger image of 'Tree Aloes of Africa'van Jaarsveld & Judd -  Tree Aloes of Africa
First in a planned series of books covering all the Aloe family – including Gasteria, Haworthia etc – this covers what in latest classification are now termed Aloidendron, six species of Tree Aloe, plus the closely related Kumara plicatilis - what was previously known as Aloe plicatilis. As with all Ernst van Jaarsveld books, there is much wider information than just the plants themselves. It starts with an explanation about the background to the reclassification and botany, before going in to the history of the plants discovery by early settlers and explorers until the present day. Chapters then cover their distribution and ecology, and cultivation. The species are then covered in detail with an attractive full page colour painting by Eric Judd and colour photos showing the whole plant, flowers, habitat etc. 2015 10 ½ x 8 74 pages
 
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Germishuizen, Gerrit -  Illustrated Guide to the Wildflowers of Northern South Africa
A tall pocket style guide to over 600 of the more commonly found plants in the region, with a brief description and and colour painting by Brenda Clarke. 2000 Briza Publications 8 ½ x 4 224 pages
 
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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
 
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View larger image of 'Wild Cactus'Huey & Houk -  Wild Cactus
Covers N American Cacti natural history, ethnobotany, discovery and human impact. 127 pages with many well produced colour photos, often full page. 1996 9 ¾ x 9
 
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Hunt -  Cites Cactaceae checklist
A technical publication listing synonyms, country where they grow in habitat, bibliography etc 190 pages 1992 9 ½ x 6
 
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View larger image of 'Studies in the Opuntioideae (Cactaceae)  - includes Andean Opuntia & Tephrocacti. Succulent Plant Research Volume 6'Hunt & Taylor (ed.) -  Studies in the Opuntioideae (Cactaceae) - includes Andean Opuntia & Tephrocacti. Succulent Plant Research Volume 6
112 pages are an article by Iliff as an annotated alphabetical synopsis of Andean opuntioids including Tephrocactus, and is supplemented by four other articles by specialists in opuntioids, covering phylogeny based on molecular data by Wallace, chromosome counts and phytogeography by Pinkava, seed anatomy by Stuppy and eastern Brazilian opuntioids by Taylor et al 77 colour photos, 72 text-figs, 2 maps 2002 10 x 7 ¼ 255 pages
 
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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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Eliovson -  Discovering Wild Flowers in Southern Africa
Over 100 species illustrated with a colour photograph, plus some information about each plant. 253 pages. 1969 smaller format edition. 9 ¾ x 7
 
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View larger image of 'Cacti - Biology and Uses'Nobel ed, Park -  Cacti - Biology and Uses
A series of essays by research scientists dealing with structure, classification, ecology, food derivatives, breeding systems, and predators of cacti. For a semi-technical readership. 2002 11 ¼ x 8 ¾ 280 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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Nobel -  Environmental Biology of Agaves and Cacti
An academic study of how cacti and agaves respond to their environmental factors, looking in detail at Agave deserti, Ferocactus acanthodes and Opuntia ficus-indica. Many text figures including some B&W photos. 1988 10 ¼ x 7 ¼ 270 pages
 
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Eggli & Taylor -  IOS Index of Names of Cactaceae
Lists all the new Cactaceae Plant Names published in the Repertorium Plantarum Succulentarum from 1950 – 1990. 222 pages 1991 9 ½ x 6
 
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View larger image of 'Native Cacti of California'Benson -  Native Cacti of California
Sixteen pages of colour photos, plus numerous B&W photos, sketches and maps etc make this a very detailed look at these plants. 1969 9 ¼ x 6 ¼ 243 pages
 
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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
 
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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
 
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View larger image of 'The Aloes of Malawi'Lane, Stewart -  The Aloes of Malawi
Organised by growth form to make identification easier, this book gives description and a distribution map, with a sketch for some species and at least one and usually more colour photos for each specie. Brief sections including cultivation conclude the book. Umdaus Press 2004 10 x 7 ½ 56 pages
 
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View larger image of 'Seed-diversity in the Cactaceae subfamily Cactoideae'Barthlott & Hunt -  Seed-diversity in the Cactaceae subfamily Cactoideae
Largely based on research from the 1970s, this book has 86 pages of SEM pictures, 4 species per page with an overall picture and close-up of each, to illustrate the variation within the seeds of these plants. These are supported by an introductory section, descriptions of each specie’s seeds, and a survey of other literature relating to the subject. 2000 9 ¾ x 6 ¾ 173 pages
 
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Backeberg -  Die Cactaceae
The classic monumental work first published 1958 – 62 in 6 volumes, with over 4000 pages and 3500 mainly monochrome illustrations. German language. 9 ½ x 7
 
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Comments: Volume 5 only reprint edition. Cereoideae - Echinocactus through t Mamillaria via many of the more popular Genera, With slip case, New
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Hubert Earle -  Cacti of the Southwest
Many B&W photos of plants both in habitat and cultivation, along with descriptions, make this a useful reference. 1963 9 ¼ x 6 ¼ 112 pages
 
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Benson -  The Cacti of Arizona first edition
The first edition of what became a long running classic. Detailed descriptions with many black and white photos and a few in colour, plus some attractive colour paintings of flowers. 1940 9 x 6 34 pages
 
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View larger image of 'Freezehardy Opuntia from the USA - Kaktusy special 2004 No 2'Richter, Ivana -  Freezehardy Opuntia from the USA - Kaktusy special 2004 No 2
Growing Cacti etc outside has become more popular recently, and this nicely produced book gives information on how to grow these plants, and well illustrates them. English 2004 9 x 6 32 pages
 
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View larger image of 'Japanese Hybrid Astrophytum'Pavlica & Saeki -  Japanese Hybrid Astrophytum
This is a book like no other! It is a visual celebration of the fantastic variation that has been bred in to Astrophytums – body form, variegation, flowers - primarily in Japan but more recently in the Czech Republic. And in addition it covers the people involved in it, techniques for hybridisation and propagation especially to accelerate their growth. 1603 colour illustrations 314 pages English 12 x 8 ½
 
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View larger image of 'Mediolobivia - Kaktusy Special German Language'Šeda & Sedlák -  Mediolobivia - Kaktusy Special German Language
A colourful special on the plants in this group within the Rebutias – depending on whichever classification you August accept! Descriptions plus many colour photos German Language. 2011 9 x 6 36 pages.
 
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View larger image of 'Yellow Flowering Sulcorebutia - Kaktusy Special German Language'Slaba -  Yellow Flowering Sulcorebutia - Kaktusy Special German Language
The title is a bit of a tease as you will also see photos of other coloured flowers, but it concentrates on the predominantly yellow species. Descriptions and plenty of colour photos. German Language. 2012 9 x 6 36 pages.
 
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View larger image of 'Under the Spell of Succulents'Moore, Jeff -  Under the Spell of Succulents
A marvellous collection of photos which show the beauty that can be found in the succulent plant world – primarily in the other succulents. The author is a Californian nurseryman, and the size and colouration of many of the plants are beyond what can be achieved in less suitable climates. But Augustbe with climate change who knows! Meanwhile we can enjoy the author’s eye for a good photo showing their colour, form and uses and Augustbe get a few ideas to experiment with and look at our plants with fresh eyes. 10 x 9 ½ 2014 244 pages.
 
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View larger image of 'Mapping the Cacti of Mexico Part 2 Mammillaria'Hernández & Gómez-Hinostrosa -  Mapping the Cacti of Mexico Part 2 Mammillaria
Following in the same fashion as the first part, this one covers one of the major and possibly most popular genera not previously included. Based on the New Cactus Lexicon classification the 54 maps cover 155 species of Mammillaria based on documented information from a wide range of herbarium sources – 68 in all. It is a very useful and interesting book, which in addition to the maps does provide additional information on the habitats the plants come from as well quite a number of colour photos of some of the plants both in habitat and cultivation. Volume 9 of Succulent Plant Research published by David Hunt. 2015 9 ½ x 6 ¾ 189 pages
 
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-  The Cactus: Native Place & Cultivation
80 pages of colour photos, 20 in Baja California, 10 SW USA, 34 Mexico and 10 in cultivation including some variegates. Japanese but plant names usually in English. 8 ¾ x 7 ¼ 112 pages
 
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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
 
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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
 
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View larger image of 'A Wildlife Guide to Chile'Chester, Sharon -  A Wildlife Guide to Chile
With many people going to Chile these days many have a wider interest in the natural history than just the Cacti and this chunky book is small enough to be conveniently taken in to the field to identify, birds, animals, the other plants and marine life. Introductory sections give background information, and there is quite a long section of the floristic zones before giving botanical descriptions for selected plants. 2008 8 ½ x 5 ½ 392 pages
 
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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
 
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View larger image of 'Mammillaria: Now & Again'Pilbeam, John -  Mammillaria: Now & Again
This book is a follow up to his classic 1999 book, but in a much more informal manner. It gives the author’s views on the new taxa since then and the ever changing opinions based on DNA, field and other studies, plus his own experiences and views – which he is never short of! Illustrated with many colour photos both in habitat and cultivation. 2017 11 x 8 ½ 242 pages
 
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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
 
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View larger image of 'Jatropha'Pritchard ed Lawant -  Jatropha
A useful book on a poorly known Genus, it is based on the draft started by Albert Pritchard who had seen plants in habitat and cultivated as wide a range of species as was possible. With Albert’s death Pjotr Lawant completed it and brought it up to date in the same style that Albert had used. 71 more or less succulent species are covered, along with cultivation, glossary, literature, list of all species and synonyms with a good number of colour photos, historic botanic illustrations and sketches. 2017 11 ½ x 8 ¼ 100 pages
 
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View larger image of 'Soft Succulents'Moore, Jeff -  Soft Succulents
Aeoniums and Echeverias are very fashionable these days, and this book is a visual feast of how the plants can look when given their ideal conditions! The author is a Californian nurseryman growing these plants, and he has pulled together the best selection of the plants available and shows them to their colourful best. Introductory sections cover growing them in containers and outside in suitable climates, before going on to go through many of the species and cultivars. Towards the end of the book there are increasingly short sections on a number of other succulents, from Dudleyas through Crassulas Senecios, Sedums, Kalanchoes, Cotyledons, Mesmebs, Stapelaids and what he terms “Odds and ends” 2017 10 x 9 ½ 290 pages
 
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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
 
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View larger image of 'Schumannia 5'Metzing & Ditsch -  Schumannia 5
A German produced equivalent to “Bradleya” which publishes articles too long or technical for its parent journal KUAS. This issue has articles on Sempervivum, Praecereus, Bryophyllums, Didiereaceae, Nyctocereus, Pelargonium, and pulque. In this issue all are dual language German and English. Well illustrated with many colour photos. 2008 11 ¾ x 8 ¼ 206 pages
 
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Eggli, Urs -  A Monographic study of the genus Rosularia
Fine scholarly work dealing with a neglected genus, for both growers and botanists. 37 photos in 5 colour plates, 61 text-figs 1988 9 ¾ x 7 ¼ 119 pages
 
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Newton, Len -  Peter Bally and his succulent plant legacy
A biography, bibliography, and celebration of Peter Bally (1895-1980). 6 text-figs (incl. 3 portraits) 1999 8 ¼ x 5 ¾ 30 pages
 
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Schulz & Runyon -  Texas Cacti: Proceedings of the Texas Academy of Science Volume 14
A popular and scientific account of the cacti native to Texas...., 63 B&W photos 1930 9 ¼ x 6 181 pages
 
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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
 
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South West Africa Scientific Society -  Dinteria
Sorry no description available - if you'd like to know more about this book then please ask.
 
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View larger image of 'Succulents for the Contemporary Garden'Cave, Yvonne -  Succulents for the Contemporary Garden
Readers in less warm parts of the world can dream (or it is a nice book with pictures of what the plants can look like!) of growing these fascinating plants to their best in the open air – and for those in warmer climes it provides a good manual of what to grow, and how to grow it. The author lives in New Zealand, and shows how many of these plants can be used to best advantage. 2002 10 x 8 ½ 176 pages
 
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Brown, David E -  Biotic Communities: Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico
A technical book for those who want to have a deeper understanding of these areas. 1994 11 x 8 ½ 346 pages
 
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View larger image of 'Cacti, Agaves and Yuccas of California and Nevada'Ingram, Stephen -  Cacti, Agaves and Yuccas of California and Nevada
A really attractive book which covers 60 species and is more than a field guide in that it looks at the natural history of these plants, including origins, ecology, conservation, cultivation and where to see them. 262 colour photos and 16 botanical watercolours illustrated them, and there are 52 range maps. 9 ¼ x 6 ¾ 244 pages
 
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Fleming & Valiente-Banuet ed -  Columnar cacti and their mutualists. Evolution, ecology, and conservation
Submissions by 29 contributors, with lots of data on north American cereoid classification. 70 text-figs 2002 9 ½ x 6 ½ 371 pages
 
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View larger image of 'Agave Utahensis Complex - Kaktusy Special 2 2010'Janeba -  Agave Utahensis Complex - Kaktusy Special 2 2010
Another of the Kaktusy useful booklets, this time covering these attractive smaller Agaves. Starting with a brief section on what is an Agave, a second on the systematic of the group and finally a key. The type and subspecies kaibabensis, eborispina and nevadensis are then each described with final sections on distribution, accompanying flora, uses and cultivation. All well illustrated with many colour photos. English Language 2010 9 x 6 36 pages
 
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Dyer, R A -  Flora of Southern Africa volume 27 part 4 - Brachystelma, Ceropegia and Riocreuxia
Key to the species with detailed descriptions and other information with sketches. 1980 9 ½ x 7 91 pages
 
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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
 
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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
 
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View larger image of 'The Gardener's Guide to Cactus'Calhoun, Scott -  The Gardener's Guide to Cactus
An introductory book covering 100 of the most attractive species with an emphasis on their use in landscaping and large pot cultivation. Aimed at the popular market, you have to like the common names under which the plants are listed – my favourite is “Lemon Pledge-Scented Pincushion” (for Mam baumii). Nevertheless there is much of interest in this book which starts with the usual introductory sections before going on to the plants organised by plant form and the information includes culinary uses! The colour photos include both plants in cultivation – in pots as well as bedded out - and habitat and there are some impressive clumps and attractive examples so well worth the inexpensive cost. 2012 9 x 8 227 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , Slight wear to its cover especially corners (RRP £16.99), New
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View larger image of 'Baja California Plant Field Guide - 3rd edition'Rebman & Roberts -  Baja California Plant Field Guide - 3rd edition
A very chunky book with a notable pedigree – being the third edition – which starts by giving the climate, geology and ecological regions and impact of invasive non native plants. The plants are listed by family and the plants are each given quite readable descriptions and colour photo adjacent to it. 2012 9 ¼ x 6 451 pages
 
Cover: Plastic
Comments: , , New
Price: £(GBP)30.00
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View larger image of 'Epiphyllum volume 2'Supplie -  Epiphyllum volume 2
A second selection of 550 colour photos arranged A-Z and includes the parentage of 45 new hybrids. 2007 8 ½ x 6 80 pages
 
Cover: Laminated Illustrated Hard cover
Comments: , , New
Price: £(GBP)15.00
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