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Author: John Manning
Publisher: Random House Struik
Cape Town, 2010
Soft cover, 15x21 cm, 487 pages, throughout colour photographs, English
South Africa, together with Lesotho and Swaziland, has a diverse landscape, with habitats that range from montane to semidesert, and fynbos to subtropical forest.
Equally varied, the region's flora encompasses some 17 000 shrubs and herbs, which bear flowers of intricate and often stunning beauty.
The Field Guide to Wild Flowers of South Africa describes more than 1 100 of these, highlighting the most conspicuous species and those most likely to be encountered across the country.
With an emphasis on identifying plants progressively to family, genus and species level, a novel identification aid and easy-to-use keys guide users to the correct family and genus, while individual species descriptions, accompanied by a clear photograph, a distribution map and an indication of flowering season, help them to pinpoint the plant.
By using this guide, wild-flower enthusiasts at ail levels will now be able to identify accurately plants in any part of South Africa.
About the Author:
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 as well as books and is known for his flower illustrations and photographs.