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Wildflowers of the Fairest Cape

Peter Goldblatt & John C. Manning

 

11×8.3in • 28×21cm

315 pages

663 color photos, 1 color map

index included

ISBNs: 0620247878 • 9780620247870

A Red Roof Design Publication • 2000



The fairest cape was Sir Francis Drakes description of the Cape of Good Hope as he sailed around South Africa in 1580; the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest of the worlds six such regions, is one of the botanically richest areas of the earth.  This guide by two eminent botanists details 652 of the most common or conspicuous wildflowers to be found there.  About one-third of the species and more than four-fifths of the genera are presently in cultivation, so it is useful not only as a guide to the region but also as a source of information on many plants that are grown in gardens or should be.

Goldblatt (Missouri Botanical Garden) and Manning (National Botanical Institute in South Africa) combine simplified descriptions with scientific precision.  Arranged by groups of related families, the guide offers keys down to species level, as well as descriptions of families and genera.  Beautifully illustrated with color photographs.  Distributed by Timber Press.


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