Title: 111 Roadside plants
Subtitle: A tribute to Namibia's fascinating plant life
Author: Antje Burke
Publisher: Namibia Scientific Society
Windhoek, Namibia 2012
ISBN 9789994576166 / ISBN 978-99945-76-16-6
Softcover, 15x21 cm, 156 pages, throughout colour photos
111 Roadside plants is different, not only in look, but also in content, and is so much more than simply a flower guide. Having written a series of flower guides for the Namib and the central part of the country to introduce some of Namibia's fascinating flora, I have now taken a countrywide perspective. The focus of the book is on Namibia's vegetation, the distribution of plants and to providing an explanation for these patterns and associations. In doing so, I also introduce a selection of 111 plants that are commonly seen while travelling through Namibia, so 'roadside' does not necessarily refer to plants growing in the road reserve only.
Many of these plants have not been covered in my previous field guides and recently produced distribution maps help to pinpoint where they can be found in the country. Thorough searches of the literature and databases on individual plants enabled me to incorporate a wealth of new information, which I hope will be of interest to readers and help provide a more global perspective. Text boxes throughout the book introduce some recent research findings relevant to Namibia's plant life. It is my wish that all of this will provide plant lovers with ample more reasons to get excited about Namibia's flora.
Plants in Namibia
What determines plant diversity in Namibia?
How do plants survive in Namibia?
Namibia's biomes and vegetation
Here, but nowhere else on Earth - Namibia's endemics
Managing Namibia's plant life
Invasive aliens - a curse or blessing?
Repairing the damage
And the future? Thoughts on the effects of climate change
How to use this book
Some common (roadside) plants in Namibia
Trees and stem succulents
Shrubs and dwarf shrubs
Short-lived plants: Bulbs, herbs and rootstock perennials