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African Plants

View larger image of 'Excelsa'Aloe, Cactus & Succulent Society of Rhodesia/Zimbabwe -  Excelsa
The theoretically annual, but in practice sporadic, journal of the society, supplemented by 4 occasional issues in the taxonomic series . In addition to publication dates being erratic so has been the size of the journal, and also due to the limitations of the production technology the physical condition (sepecially of the earlier issues) can sometimes be less perfect than other similar journals from other parts of the world, so copies may not be pristine – but any major faults will be mentioned. 9 ½ x 7 ¼
 
Cover: Card
Comments: Taxonomic series no 4 - A Revision of Huernia 197 pages 1988, Slight wear, New
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Bayer, Bruce -  The New Haworthia Handbook
His second book on the subject, presenting must information in a very readable and well presented fashion. 1982 9 ½ x 6 ½ 124 pages plus 20 pages of colour photos
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , Slight knock to corner and fading to spine but better than many I've seen., Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)15.00
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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
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: Cover somewhat worn, Second hand book – please see important information
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Compton herbaria & Kalos -  Proteas- Nature's Pride
Covers the whole family, including Australian Banksias. Selected species are illustrated with a colour photo, with limited information on each genus. 60 pages. No date - late 60's? 8 ¼ x 11
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , , Second hand book – please see important information
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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
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)45.00
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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
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , New
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View larger image of 'Geophytic Pelargoniums'Craib, Charles -  Geophytic Pelargoniums
Based on more than 10 years study in habitat by the author, this book describes the species and distribution, and includes their growth cycle as well as cultivation and cultivation potential. Each specie is illustrated by a sketch by Gill Condy, and 12 in full page colour painting. 2001 10 ¾ x 8 126 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , New
Price: £(GBP)75.00
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View larger image of '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
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , Very slight wear to dust jacket, New
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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
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: Previous owner's name on front cover, and slight knockto to corners, Second hand book – please see important information
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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
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: 1969 smaller format edition. 9 ¾ x 7, Second hand book – please see important information
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Eliovson -  Wild flowers of Southern Africa
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Cover: Hardback
Comments: , Some small tears to the edge of the dust jacket but otherwise very good, Second hand book – please see important information
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Fabian & Germishuizen -  Wild flowers of Northern South Africa
This is an expanded edition of their 1982 Transvaal Wild Flowers. 472 pages including 220 pages of colour plates of composite paintings by Anita Fabian. 1997 9 x 7
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: Fernwood Press book, specially imported from SA., Slight wear to cover, New
Price: £(GBP)35.00
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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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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
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , New
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Herre -  The Genera of the Mesembryanthemaceae
A classic on the subject, with an introduction to the history of the plants, and then an A-Z of the genera recognised at the time with a page of description and distribution map, plus a full page illustration of a specie, mostly in colour. 316 pages 1971 11 ¼ x 8 ¾
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: A rather poor copy. The dust jacket has edge wear including a catch to the bottom of the spine which has caused a small tear. Boards of the book are bowed, Second hand book – please see important information
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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
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: Slight wear to the edge of the dust jacket, and the first 40 pages have had some water staining to a bottom corner - the pages haven't stuck together but there is some discolouring and wrinkling., Second hand book – please see important information
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View larger image of 'Cape Peninsula'Kidd -  Cape Peninsula
94 colour plates of paintings, arranged by month, plus descriptive notes of this popular area of South Africa for plants. 1950 8 ½ x 5 ¼ .
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: 1983 revised edition, , Second hand book – please see important information
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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
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: Slight fold to corner, Second hand book – please see important information
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Manning & Goldblatt -  West Coast
No 7 in the South African Wild Flower Guides. After a brief introduction, about 600 species are described and illustrated with a colour photo. 240 pages 1996 8 ¼ x 5 ¾
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , Second hand book – please see important information
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View larger image of 'Wildflowers of Southern Africa (Sasol First Field Guide)'Manning, John -  Wildflowers of Southern Africa (Sasol First Field Guide)
A small introductory booklet to the plants, that gives 44 species a page each, with description, distribution map and colour photos packed in. Short introductory section. 1999 6 ½ x 4 ¼ 57 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , , New
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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
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , , New
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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
Comments: ,  (RRP £17.99), New
Price: £(GBP)14.50
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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
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  Second impression 1959, Poor dust wrapper and the spine starting to split away from the book block., Second hand book – please see important information
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View larger image of 'Field Guide to Succulent Euphorbias of Southern Africa'Moller & Becker -  Field Guide to 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
 
Cover: Laminated Illustrated Hard cover
Comments: Split to the binding inside the front cover and slight bump to corner, New
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Cover: Laminated Illustrated Hard cover
Comments: , New
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Moriarty -  Outeniqua Tsisikamma & Eastern Little Karoo
No 2 in the South African Wild Flower Guides. After a brief introduction, about 80 composite colour plates of paintings illustrate numerous species along with a description. 206 pages 1982 8 ¼ x 5 ¾
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: Slight folding to cover, , Second hand book – please see important information
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Cover: Softcover
Comments: 1997 updated edition with 223 pages including 10 additional colour plates., , New
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Onderstall -  Transvaal Lowveld and Escarpment
No 4 in the South African Wild Flower Guides. After a brief introduction, about 350 species are described and illustrated with a colour photo. 222 pages 1984 8 ¼ x 5 ¾
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , New
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View larger image of 'The Remarkable Baobab'Pakenham, Thomas -  The Remarkable Baobab
Whilst this well known author was going round the world looking at the trees to include in his marvellous book “Remarkable Trees of the World”, he fell in love with the Baobabs with the result that he devoted a book to just these trees. In addition to the African specie, which is probably the best known, he also saw 3 of the Madagascar species (slimmer and less craggy than the African trees) and the Australian specie (sort of mid way in form). As usual with this author, it is well written, and full of wonderful colour photos. Another interesting and attractive tree for Christmas reading. 143 pages 8 ¾ x 7 ¼ 2004
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £12.99), New
Price: £(GBP)10.00
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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
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: Very good for its age, Second hand book – please see important information
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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
 
Cover: Plastic
Comments: Second impression 2005, , New
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Cover: Softcover
Comments: Slant to binding, New
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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
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , Some wear to dust jacket but not bad for its age, Second hand book – please see important information
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Rousseau -  Protaceae of South Africa
Numerous colour photographs follow a brief introduction to the family. 110 pages 1970 11 ¼ x 8 ½
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , Second hand book – please see important information
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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
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , , New
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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
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments:  (RRP £15.99), New
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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
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments:  (RRP £14.99), New
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Cover: Softcover
Comments: Ex sales event stock with slight wear to its cover especially corners (RRP £14.99), New
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Stokes, Hazel -  What Succulent Is That
A charming small book about some of the more common South African succulent plants, with descriptions and 9 double pages of attractive colour illustrations as shown in the picture. 1974 4 ¾ x 5 ½ 86 pages
 
Cover: Laminated Illustrated Hard cover
Comments: Somewhat worn cover and remains of price label, 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.
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , Very good - must be a more recent reprint as it has an ISBN13, Second hand book – please see important information
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View larger image of 'Madagascar - a Paradise at Risk'Teissier, Botta & Blanchy -  Madagascar - a Paradise at Risk
Another of Cactus & Co’s well produced booklets which is packed with photos of the fascinating plants (and a few animals) from this marvellous country. 2006 9 x 6 ½ 64 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , New
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Cover: Softcover
Comments: Damaged cover, sh
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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
 
Cover: Hardback
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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
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Cover: Hardback
Comments: Ex sales event stock with slight wear to its cover, New
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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
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: Fading to the dust jacket especially the spine, Second hand book – please see important information
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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
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , New
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View larger image of 'South Africa - Paradise at the Continent's End'Waterkamp, Rainer -  South Africa - Paradise at the Continent's End
A colour picture album which depicts the variety of the people, animals and scenery of the country. 159 pages 12 ¼ x 9 ¾ 2007
 
Cover: Hardback
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Wild & Drummond eds -  Kirkia volume VII part 1
This book packs in the colour photos of the plant as a whole and the leaves, bark, flowers and seeds to help identify the plants, along with a key based around region and concise descriptions. 2003 8 ¼ x 5 ¾ 92 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
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