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Sasol First Field Guide to Wild Flowers of Southern Africa

Sasol First Field Guide to Wild Flowers of Southern Africa

These little guides to the nature of Southern Africa are an invaluable resource for beginners
Manning, John

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Sasol Sasol First Field Guide to Wild Flowers of Southern Africa

Author: John Manning
Struik Publishers
Cape Town, 1999
ISBN: 978-1-86872-290-7
Paperback, 11x17 cm, 56 pages, throughout colour photos

Sasol Sasol First Field Guide to Wild Flowers of Southern Africa Diese Serie von kleinen Naturführern für das südliche Afrika ist von recht ordentlicher Qualität und für eine schnelle Übersicht, bei einer großen Themenauswahl, gut geeignet.


These little natural history guides have been developed in the hope that young people and anyone with a budding interest in natural history will take up the challenge to learn the secrets of southern Africas fascinating fauna and flora.

They are an invaluable resource for the beginner, providing information at a glance through superb photographs, maps and easy-to-read text.

• handy pocket size
• easy-to-read text
• suitable for the beginner naturalist
• each species is photographed

About the Author:

John Manning is a research botanist at the National Botanical Institute in Cape Town and is a world authority on the Iris and Hyacinth families. His diverse research interests include the evolution and pollination biology of South African plants.

Dr Manning has written or co-authored over 100 popular and scientific papers and is a regular contributor to diverse natural history magazines.

He has a particular interest in popularizing southern Africas wild flowers and has become widely recognized as an illustrator and flower photographer.

He is the author of nine southern African wild flower guides, many of them illustrated with his photographs. He is also co-author of Gladiolus in southern Africa (1998), Cape Plants: a conspectus of the Cape flora of South Africa (2000), The Color Encyclopedia of Cape Bulbs (2002) and Southern African Wild Flowers - Jewels of the Veld (2004).



Number of species: 7 species

Distribution: Restricted to southern Africa, mainly the eastern highlands of South Africa

Description: The plants are stemless with a tuft of leaves at ground level. The leaves are spear-or arrow-shaped, sometimes spotted with white, and are carried on long, spongy stalks. What appears to be the flower is really a collection of tightly clustered flowers arranged in a narrow spike.

This is surrounded by a large funnel-shaped sheath which curls around the spike at its base; the sheath is flared outwards at the top and is most often white but may be yellow or pink.

Habitat: Grassland in rocky or marshy areas.

Flowering Time: Mainly spring and summer

Notes: The roots of arums are filled with minute, needle-like Zantedeschia aethiopica crystals which, if eaten, cause the mouth and tongue to swell up painfully, but these defences are useless against porcupines which are very fond of the roots. The White Arum is widespread in southern Africa and is very popular as a cut-flower; the yellow-flowered species are much rarer.


What are plants?
Flower heads
Vegetation types
Our floral kingdoms
How plants are named
How to use this book
Species accounts
Index and checklist


African Flaxes 12
Agapanthus 13
Aloes 14
Arums 15
Babianas 16
Black-eyed Susans 17
Blood-lilies 18
Candelabra-lilies 19
Cape Honeysuckle 20
Carrion Flowers 21
Chincherinchees 22
Conebushes 23
Crane Flowers 24
Crassulas 25
Daisies 26
Duiker Root 27
Ericas 28
Euphorbias 29
Everlastings 30
Flame-lilies 31
Forest Sages 32
Gladiolus 33
Hibiscus 34Impala-lilies 35
Marsh-lilies 36
Mesembs 37
Montbretias 38
Nerines 39
Orchids 40
Pelargoniums 42
Pincushions 43
Pineapple-lilies 44
Plumbagos 45
Pride-of-De Kaap 46
Proteas 47
Red-hot Pokers 48
Silvertrees (see Conebushes)
Sundews 49
Trumpet-lilies 50
Vygies (see Mesembs)
Water-lilies 51
Wild Dagga 52
Wild Irises 53
Wild Peas 54
Wild Pomegranates 55