Title: Quick ID Guide Wild Flowers of the Cape Peninsula
Author: Hugh Clarke; Corinne Merry
Publisher: Penguin Random House South Africa
Imprint: Struik Nature
Cape Town, South Africa 2019
ISBN 9781775846406 / ISBN 978-1-77-584640-6
Softcover, 15 x 21 cm, 157 pages, throughout colour photographs, 3 maps
If you are keen to identify flowers while exploring the Cape Peninsula, then this book is for you. The text is written for absolute beginners and has been designed to make flower recognition and identification as easy as possible. A special effort has been made to record features that beginner flower-spotters are most likely to notice. In this expanded third edition of this popular book, we describe a blooming 360 flowers, with the addition of flowers from Cape Point. We have also added new flower walks together with a map of Cape Point showing the new routes. These three areas offer widely differing habitats and host a vast range of flower species:
Table Mountain: The flower-lover's 'must-see', whether you are going for a stroll in Newlands Forest or hiking up one of the many pathways that lead to a wonderland of fynbos flora.
Silvermine Hike along the lower slopes or scramble up the rocky sections and look around at the scenic views of the city, the sea, and above all, the flora around you.
Cape Point Walk along the coastline or cliffs to admire the view and see flowers rarely encountered elsewhere.
The diversity of plants in the Peninsula is mind-boggling and can be overwhelming. There are over 2,285 plant species here. Especially in the Summer months, the profusion of wild flowers is a joy to behold, made even better if you know what you are looking at! We have put together some of the most popular walks around these three areas of the Cape Peninsula. The walking routes are plotted on three maps. The advantage of exploring the various footpaths is that the more areas you visit with differing habitats, the broader variety of flowers you will see.
How to use this book
How to find the flowers
Safety on the mountain
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