Title: Field Guide to the Amaryllis Family of Southern Africa and Surrounding Territories
Author: Graham Duncan
Illustrations: Barbara Jeppe (1921-1999); Leigh Voigt
Publisher: Galley Press
Nelspruit, South Africa 2020
ISBN 9780620885911 / ISBN 978-0-62-088591-1
Softcover, 15 x 22 cm, 545 pages, throughout colour photos and maps
This Field Guide to the Amaryllis Family of Southern Africa and Surrounding Territories follows hot on the heels of The Amaryllidaceae of Southern Africa which was published in 2016. The addition of hundreds of photos and several new paintings increases the chances of identifying a plant in the field. Southern Africa is here taken to comprise the area bordered in the north by the Kunene, Okavango, Zambezi and Limpopo rivers, extending southwards to include Botswana, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Lesotho, Namibia and South Africa. The increased number of taxa aims to include three amaryllids native to territories in south-central Africa, i.e. Cyrtanthus rhodesianus, Cryptostephanus vansonii and Scadoxus pole-evansii.
The distribution ranges of a number of amaryllids from southern Africa extend to countries to the north of the region, for example Boophone disticha (to South Sudan), Crinum macowanii (to Eritrea) and Cyrtanthus breviflorus (to Democratic Republic of Congo). Since the publication of The Amaryllidaceae of Southern Africa, in which 263 taxa were recognised, the botanical varieties of Olivia gardenii and C. miniata have been placed in synonymy, and two new species, Cyrtanthus pondoensis and Strumaria argillicola, have been described. The number of taxa included in this publication now stands at 265.
They exclusively constitute members of the subfamily Amaryllidoideae, and exclude those belonging to subfamily Agapanthoideae (Agapanthus) and subfamily Allioideae (such as Allium, Prototulbaghia and Tulbaghia). The primary aims of this book are fourfold: to stimulate a greater appreciation of the diversity among the more than 260 members of the Amaryllidaceae family in southern Africa and south-central Africa; to draw attention to the perilous position of a number of its taxa in the wild and to the urgent need to conserve ever-dwindling habitats; to assist readers with identification of the plants; and to encourage their cultivation and propagation through legally acquired material.
A brief history
How to use this book
What's in a genus name?
Explanation of vegetation biomes and biome maps
Indian Ocean Coastal Belt
Zambezian Grassland/Dry Forest
Keys to the genera and species
Useful addresses and bulb stockists