Field Guide to Wild Flowers of South Africa

John Manning

South Africa's varied landscape is home to some 19,000 shrubs and herbs, a large number of which bear flowers of intricate and often stunning beauty. This field guide covers more than 1,100 species, focusing on the most common, conspicuous and ‘showy' plants of the region.
Date Published :
March 2019
Publisher :
Penguin Random House South Africa
Language:
English
Series :
Field Guides
Illustration :
1,200 photos
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781775846765
Pages : 488
Dimensions : 8 X 6 inches
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$29.00

Overview
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South Africa's varied landscape is home to some 19,000 shrubs and herbs, a large number of which bear flowers of intricate and often stunning beauty. This field guide covers more than 1,100 species, focusing on the most common, conspicuous and ‘showy' plants of the region. It offers easy-to-use keys for identifying plant families, species descriptions with vivid photographs, distribution maps and indication of flowering season. It will enable flower enthusiasts to accurately identify flowering plants encountered across South Africa.

About The Author
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John Manning is a botanist at the SA National Biodiversity Institute in Cape Town. A world authority on the Iris and Hyacinth families, he has written many popular and scientific papers and articles and is known for his flower illustrations and photographs – many of which appear in this book. He has authored and co-authored a range of southern African wild flower guides, including the companion volume, Field Guide to Wild Flowers of South Africa.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Contents
Introduction 8
South African wild flowers 8
Floral regions 10
Vegetation types 11
The names of plants 18
How to use this book 20
Identifying plants 20
Where to begin 20
Finding the right group 23
Pictorial guide to wild-flower families 24
Descriptions of wild-flower families 30
The quick family finder 40
How to use the family finder 40
Species descriptions 46
Group one 46
Group two 50
Group three 52
Group four 66
Group five 104
Group six 166
Group seven 234
Group eight 270
Group nine 304
Group ten 416
Glossary of terms 470
Further reading 472
Index 473
Illustrated glossary

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