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  • PG: Trees of Zambia

    The most recent addition to the popular POCKET GUIDE series, Trees of Zambia features 140 indigenous tree species and four naturalised exotics likely to be seen in Zambia and its 20 national parks. The trees are organised in five groups, each with a unique set of characteristics, to help narrow down options in identifying a tree. Each page describes a single tree species, combining concise text and photographs.

    Features include:

    • Succinct species descriptions including bark, leaves, owers and fruit
    • Full-colour photographs of trees and their parts
    • Up-to-date distribution maps
    • A brief introduction covering vegetation types
    • Table of family names and tree characteristics
    • Local names for trees
    • Best viewing locations, including national parks

    An invaluable guide for anyone interested in Zambia’s trees!

  • African Baobab

    Baobab trees are living monuments, the oldest natural things in Africa, outlasting every plant and animal around them. Surviving in some of the driest, rockiest areas of this continent, paradoxically they live longer and grow larger than most other trees in the world.

    In this absorbing and inspired new edition of The African Baobab,  author Rupert Watson explores the life and times of this fascinating tree, from its early Madagascan beginnings to its present status on the continent and its future in a changing Africa. It is a compelling read on an African icon that has intrigued travelers for hundreds of years.

    The narrative effortlessly blends natural science, history and personal observations, sometimes drawing on extracts from the journals of early explorers. There are intriguing accounts of the baobab’s eccentric growth and reproductive habits, its present-day distribution, and its wide impact on everyday African life. Watson also takes a close look at the relationship between humans and baobabs, and the tree’s myriad uses over the ages, from shelters to medicinal and spiritual applications.

    Aimed at naturalists, environmentalists, botanical enthusiasts, travellers, and anyone awed by the wonders of plants, this book cannot but inspire.

  • Plants of the Baviaanskloof

    Tucked away in the southwestern corner of the Eastern Cape lies a narrow valley, flanked by the Baviaanskloof and Kouga mountain ranges. Named after the chacma baboons that long ago made this 200-km-long kloof their home, the Baviaanskloof is part of the Cape Floral Region World Heritage Site. It is a meeting point of several different ecosystems, with almost all of South Africa’s eight biomes represented, making for an exceptional diversity of species, including many endemics.

    Plants of the Baviaanskloof describes well over 1,000 plant species. It includes:
    – Succinct descriptions of each plant species with full-colour photographs
    – Brief family and genus descriptions, and species counts for the area
    – An introduction covering the geology, climate and vegetation types of the region

    Compiled over two decades, Plants of the Baviaanskloof is sure to become an enduring record of the diversity of plant life found here. The only botanical guide for this area, it is a must-have for botanists, gardeners, road-trippers, hikers, travellers and all who have a deep interest in plants.

  • Nature Now Trees of Kruger

    This book describes and illustrates 80 of the larger, more conspicuous and common tree species likely to be seen while travelling in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.
    Intended as a handy guide to accurate identification, each spread shows the tree in full display along with a selection of supplementary images such as leaves, flowers, fruit and bark.
    Succinct text with minimal botanical jargon supports the images, and informative boxes describe the uses of plant parts.
    A series of maps demarcating 35 different vegetation zones or ‘landscapes’ within the Park helps readers to determine which tree species are likely to be seen in which area.

  • An illustrated guide to Medicinal Plants of East Africa

    Medicinal Plants of East Africa is the first photographically illustrated guide to showcase the most important healing plants of the region. e book describes 136 plant species in everyday use in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Brief descriptions of each species cover that plant’s appearance, ecology and specific medicinal uses. To aid identification, more than 600 colour photographs have been included. Also included are recipes for remedies to treat a wide range of ailments. An easy-to-understand summary of the science behind the treatments concludes each section.

    Supplementary features:
    – Introduction to the medicinal virtues and active ingredients of plants
    – Common methods of preparing medicines from plant materials
    – Summary of ailments and the plants prescribed to treat them
    – Glossaries of medical and botanical terminology and extensive reference lists.

    Medicinal Plants of East Africa will appeal to ethnobotanists, health and wellness practitioners, travellers and all with an interest in the remarkable healing properties of plants.

  • Field Guide to the Amaryllis Family of Southern Africa and Surrounding Territories

    The Amaryllidaceae family is distributed in warm temperate and tropical parts of the world. With 18 genera and 265 taxa occurring in the region, southern Africa is recognised as a major centre of diversity for this intriguing family. This compelling guide features all the species found in the region, conveniently grouped according to the biome of their natural habitat, and includes a useful key to genera and species.

    Species accounts feature:
    – Comprehensive text suitable for laypersons and scientists
    – Information on distribution, similar taxons, life cycle and flowering period
    – Notes on cultivation, history, medicinal properties and conservation
    – Distribution maps
    – Colour photographs and watercolour plates

    An invaluable addition to the library of any plant or nature lover.

  • Grasses of East Africa

    Grasses of East Africa describes 100 species of common, ecologically important or remarkable grasses found in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. Grasses comprise one of the largest plant families on Earth, but are possibly the most overlooked. Yet it is these biquitous and important plants that have the greatest impact on our daily lives – providing a wide range of staple foods for humans globally, a fundamental source of grazing for livestock, and food and shelter for an infinite variety of wildlife.

  • The Living Deserts of Southern Africa

    For generations, the deserts of southern Africa have intrigued scientists and travellers alike. Seemingly barren wastes, they in fact teem with life – from ants to elephants, stone plants to the curious welwitschia, dainty dik-diks to towering gemsbok, and cart-wheeling spiders to fog-basking beetles. How do they cope with scarce resources, unpredictable rainfall and extreme temperatures? How do they protect themselves against predators? And what is the impact of climate change on these life forms and their habitats?

    Drawing on an earlier edition, published in 1993, biologist Barry Lovegrove answers these questions and unravels many of the mysteries associated with life in the desert. He describes the four arid biomes of South Africa, Namibia and Botswana –
    Desert, Arid Savanna, Succulent Karoo and Nama-Karoo – and explains how and why such a great diversity of plants, insects, mammals, reptiles and birds successfully exist in these regions. The text is supported by the most recent research, spectacular photographs, and explanatory diagrams and maps.

    The Living Deserts of Southern Africa is a compelling, in-depth read that is accessible to both the serious student and academic as well as the interested nature lover.

  • Saunders Field Guide to Gladioli of Southern Africa

    The genus Gladiolus has fascinated plant collectors, taxonomists and the general public for centuries. Known for their spectacular flowers, these highly adapted and specialised plants occur throughout Africa, Madagascar, Europe and the Middle East. South Africa is home to more than half of the world’s Gladiolus species and the Western Cape is the heart of species diversity. Saunders’ Field Guide to Gladioli of South Africa is the first of its kind to offer a complete photographic record of the 166 species that occur in the region. Posthumously completed, this book is the culmination of the Saunders’ long search to find and photograph every known species of Gladiolus in South Africa. It includes:

    – An introduction comprising a brief history of gladioli, information about the morphology and taxonomy of the genus, and guidelines for use in the field.

    – Detailed descriptions of the main floral parts of each species, along with information about ecology, pollinators, similar species and conservation status; field notes were written by Rachel Saunders.

    – Over 1,000 exquisite photographs taken in situ detailing morphology and habitat.

    – Up-to-date distribution maps indicating where species have been recorded.

    – A glossary of terms with illustrations unpacking difficult terminology.

  • Renosterveld of the Overberg

    Part of the Fynbos biome, Renosterveld is one of the world’s most threatened vegetation types, with just 5% of its original extent remaining. Focusing specifically on the Renosterveld of the Overberg region in the Western Cape, this field guide is the first of its kind to cover this highly endangered ecosystem, characterised by nutrient-rich soil which has been exploited for agriculture.

    An in-depth introduction sets the scene, defining what Renosterveld is and giving some historical background to the ecology of the area.
    The plants section follows, featuring over 980 plant species from the common and ‘showy’ to the weird, obscure and often-overlooked.
    A shorter section of 140 animal species showcases the diversity of creatures found here despite severe habitat loss and fragmentation.
    Additional features include a glossary with supporting illustrations, guidelines for landowners and farmers, and a comprehensive index.
    Field Guide to Renosterveld of the Overberg promises to be an enduring record of this unique and severely threatened ecosystem. It will be a vital addition to any nature lover’s bookshelf.

  • Pocket Guide to Fynbos

    Pocket Guide Fynbos features over 300 of the most spectacular and commonly seen species from South Africa’s renowned floral kingdom – all in one handy, easy-to-use guide.

    The species are presented in detail, with each entry featuring:

    succinct descriptions of the plant and its habitat, comparisons with similar species and flowering times
    full-colour photographs and distribution maps
    floral key, using symbols to denote main identifying features
    interesting facts about species.
    For ease of use, the species are divided into 10 distinct groups, and an illustrated floral key on the inside front cover offers flower lovers a smart tool with which to identify species more accurately.

    The introduction describes the world of fynbos, detailing the origins, diversity, adaptations and conservation of this unique flora.

    This compact guide is an invaluable aid for anyone interested in South Africa’s astonishing floral treasures.

  • 100 Trees to See Safari East Africa

    East Africa is a premier wildlife destination, well known for its mass migrations of herds and fearsome predators. But as iconic are the trees that grow there: among them mangroves, cycads, palms, marulas, acacias, sausage trees, fever trees, toothbrush trees and giant bamboos. This book showcases 100 of the region’s most visible and significant trees, arranged by the habitats in which they occur. It features:

    Concise descriptions of each tree and its parts, plus notes about the various uses of the tree parts
    Multiple images showing the full tree and key ID features, including flowers, leaves, fruit and bark
    Where to see the trees, including the national parks and nature reserves
    A brief introduction to the trees of the region and their vegetation zones

    Colourful, interesting and geared for quick tree identification, this handy guide will enhance any safari experience in East Africa.

  • Quick ID Guide: Wildflowers Cape Peninsula

    Written with the non-specialist in mind, this guide is a must-have for flower lovers, hikers, tour guides and tourists – anyone interested in identifying the wild flowers that grace the Cape Peninsula. Quick ID Guide: Wild Flowers of the Cape Peninsula covers the most remarkable and commonly seen wild flowers of Table Mountain, Silvermine and Cape Point. The book was originally published as Common Wild Flowers of Table Mountain in 2007, then revised in 2013 to include the flowers of Silvermine.

    This new edition offers:

    360 (previously 208) of the region’s most remarkable and commonly seen wild flowers
    Clear photographs of all featured flowers and concise, informative text
    Flowers grouped according to colour, to help with quick ID
    Walking routes in the Peninsula’s famed reserves, plotted on 3 clear maps.
    Illustrated glossary of terms

  • Field Guide to Mushrooms & other Fungi of SA

    Neither plant nor animal, mushrooms constitute a unique group of organisms. They appear in a staggering variety of shapes, sizes and colours, and identifying them can be difficult. This compact, beautifully illustrated guide is the perfect tool for identification in the field. It features 200 of the most distinctive and conspicuous mushrooms and other fungi found in South Africa. Each species is presented with a clear description and several full-colour photographs to aid quick and accurate identification. Notes on distribution, ecology, size, edibility, toxicity and other interesting facts complete the entries.

    A brief introduction outlines the basic anatomy and biology of mushrooms and the vital role they play in sustaining all life. There are also guidelines to foraging and to photographing mushrooms, and a small selection of simple but delicious mushroom recipes.

    Packed with more than 850 photographs, this is both a practical guide and a beautiful book that will inspire nature lovers, foragers, epicureans and anyone curious about these extraordinary life forms.

  • Identifiseer die Bome van Southern Africa (NE)

    ‘n Regstreekse, voor die hand liggende en effektiewe gids tot boom-identifikasie.

    Dié boek se titel sê dit alles! Hierdie bygewerkte tweede uitgawe verskaf ‘n duidelike uiteensetting van hoe bome saamgestel is en waarna om op te let wanneer ‘n boom geïdentifiseer word. Die boek bestaan uit twee dele:

    Deel 1 beskryf en illustreer duidelik die verskillende dele van ‘n boom en hul rol in boomidentifikasie.
    Deel 2 bevat ‘n sleutel tot 43 boomgroepe, gebaseer op maklik waarneembare stingel- en blaarkenmerke. Dit gee ‘n duidelike oorsig van elke groep, sowel as die Suider-Afrikaanse boomfamilies wat in die onderskeie groepe verteenwoordig word. Talle kleurfoto’s en verduidelikende illustrasies ondersteun die teks wat dié handleiding toeganklik en gebruikersvriendelik maak.

    Identifiseer die Bome van Suider-Afrika sal lesers toerus met ‘n goeie begrip van die bou van bome en waarna hulle moet oplet om dit korrek te kan identifiseer.

  • How to Identify Trees in Southern Africa (NE)

    A direct, straightforward and effective guide to tree identification.

    This book’s title says it all! Now in an updated second edition, it provides a clear understanding of how trees are constructed and what to look for when identifying a tree. The book is divided into two parts:

    Part 1 describes and clearly illustrates the different parts of a tree and their role in tree identification.
    Part 2 features a key to 43 tree groups, based on easy-to-observe stem and leaf features. It carefully outlines each group and the southern African tree families represented in the different groups.

    Numerous colour photographs and explanatory illustrations support the text, making this an accessible and easy-to-use guide. How to Identify Trees in Southern Africa will equip readers with a sound understanding of how trees are constructed and what to look for in order to make a positive identification.

  • Field Guide to Wild Flowers of Southern Africa TPB

    This fully updated edition of Field Guide to Wild Flowers of South Africa
    covers more than 1,100 species of ora, focusing on the most common,
    conspicuous and ‘showy’ plants around the region. An informative
    introduction discusses plant diversity, vegetation types, and includes a
    key to identifying plant groups. e species descriptions follow and
    each is accompanied by:
    • a vivid photograph
    • a distribution map showing range, and
    • an indication of the plant’s owering season.
    is invaluable, up-to-date guide provides the tools and information
    needed to identify owering plants across South Africa.

  • First Field Guides to Succulents of Southern Africa

    This series of natural history field guides has 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 Africa’s fascinating fauna and flora. These little guides are an invaluable resource for the beginner, providing information at a glance through superb photographs, maps, and easy-to-read text.

  • Field Guide to Succulents of Southern Africa

    Southern Africa is the natural home of the richest and most diverse succulent flora in the world. These plants come in all shapes and sizes, from trees such as the baobab at more than 20 m tall, to miniature soil huggers, just a few millimetres high, which mimic their pebble-desert surroundings. This user-friendly, richly illustrated field guide features more than 700 southern African succulents, focusing on the most interesting and commonly encountered species. An introduction to families and their key features will help readers identify the relevant plant group, while concise accounts describing the plants’ diagnostic features, along with distribution maps, will enable quick ID of species.  More than just an ID guide for plant lovers, this book will inspire gardeners who are turning to indigenous, low-maintenance and waterwise plants for cultivation.

  • Gardener’s Guide: Indigenous Garden Plants of Southern Africa

    This handy pocket guide introduces local gardening enthusiasts to some of southern Africa’s most beautiful, beneficial and easy- to-care-for indigenous plants, giving guidance on how best to use them and how to ensure that they flourish.

    Gardener’s Guide to Indigenous Garden Plants offers:

    • A selection of 145 garden-friendly, low-maintenance trees, shrubs and bedding plants perfectly adapted to our local soils and weather conditions
    • Text that’s direct and simple
    • Full-colour photographs that show plant details and ‘in context’ planting
    • Icons indicating at a glance whether a species is evergreen or deciduous, frost-hardy, suitable for a sunny or shaded position, fast or slow-growing, water wise, fragrant and attractive to insects or birds.

    An essential handbook for easy-care beautiful gardening.