The Illustrated Dictionary of Southern African Plant Names
This A to Z dictionary will appeal to botanists and gardeners, as well as plant lovers who want to find out how and where plants got their names. Starting with abelia and ending with zygodon, it describes the origins of the generic names of nearly 5 000 indigenous and exotic plants found in the wild and in gardens in South Africa. Mini biographies of 900 of them, some with portraits, are included as well as short profiles of some leading South African botanists and botanical artists and images of many of the plants. The six years of research and collaboration between the authors has resulted in this reference book, a worthy follow-on to the late Professor WPU (Peter) Jackson’s out-of-print booklet in which he describes the origins of only about 2 800 plant genera names.
Authors: Hugh Clarke and Michael Charters edited by Eugene Moll Publisher: Jacana Price: R403 ISBN: 978-1-43142-443-6 Reviewer: Marianne Alexander Giveaway Code: PLANTS (2 copies)