Field Guide to Succulents in Southern Africa

Estrela Figueiredo, Gideon Smith, Neil Crouch

Featuring over 700 southern African succulents - low-maintenance, waterwise plants to inspire sensible gardening. Family keys, species accounts, photographs and distribution maps enable accurate ID.
Date Published :
August 2017
Publisher :
Penguin Random House South Africa
Series :
Field Guides
Illustration :
1,500 color photos
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ISBN : 9781775843672
Pages : 360
Dimensions : 8.25 X 5.75 inches
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Southern Africa is the natural home of the richest and most diverse succulent flora in the world. These plants come in all shapes and sizes, from trees, such as the baobab at more than 20 m tall, to miniature soil huggers, just a few millimetres high, which mimic their pebble-desert surroundings.
This user-friendly field guide features more than 700 southern African succulents, focusing on the most interesting and commonly encountered species. An introduction to families and their key features will help readers identify the relevant group, and concise accounts describing the plants’ diagnostic features will enable quick identification of species. Entries are well supported by colour photographs and distribution maps.
More than just an ID guide for plant lovers, this book will inspire gardeners and landscapers in search of low-maintenance, waterwise solutions for cultivation.

About The Author

Figueiredo is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Botany at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth and research associate at the University of Coimbra in Portugal. She has a keen interest in the African flora, the succulent flora of the world and sustainable gardening

Gideon F Smith is Professor of plant science at the University of Pretoria, and a Research Associate at the University of Coimbra in Portugal. Through his interests in the biology and classification of succulent plants, as well as landscaping and horticulture, he is involved in various national and international environmental research associations. He has authored or co-authored a range of books, including an earlier edition of Succulents of Southern Africa.

Neil R Crouch heads up the Ethnobotany Unit of SANBI in Durban, where he is also an Honorary Professor in the School of Chemistry at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His research interests focus primarily on medicinal plants and their potential in drug development. He has published scientific and popular papers, and authored or co-authored a range of books, including Ferns of Southern Africa.

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