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The Illustrated Dictionary of Southern African Plant Names
The Illustrated Dictionary of Southern African Plant Names

The Illustrated Dictionary of Southern African Plant Names


482 Pages, 6.5 x 9.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $41.95 (US $41.95) (CA $56.95)

Publication Date: July 2017

ISBN 9781431424436

Rights: US, CA, AU & NZ

Jacana Media (Jul 2017)

Price: $41.95


This book, the first of its kind, compiled over six years, provides a wealth of information that opens up a new world of understanding for all plant lovers. For anyone with an interest in botany or wondering what a plant name means, this remarkable book will be an indispensable guide. Inside the book you will find: • Nearly 5,000 entries and over 500 beautiful full-color photographs of plants taken by South African top botanical photographers. These photographs not only give life to the book but in many cases illustrate how these names relate to the plant. • More than 900 short biographies together with some 500 portraits in which readers are introduced to the amazing lives of people after whom generic plants are named: their discoveries, contributions to science, their explorations, their achievements and tragedies, thus conserving southern African botanical history. • But above all, the book is a dictionary of meaning – explaining what the puzzling scientific names written in botanical Latin mean, and giving hints and clues as to why the author named the plant that way.

Author Biography

Michael Charters is a non-professional botanist and wildflower photographer who has been documenting the flora of Southern California photographically for the past twenty years, taking hundreds of fields trips and some 200,000 photographs. He initially became interested in the flora of the Cape region of South Africa because of the affinity to that of Southern California, and he has visited South Africa four times, spending weeks at a time photographing plants in the field in both the East and Western Cape. His work has appeared in dozens of books and scholarly articles. Hugh Gascoyne Clarke has written books in the fields of botany including wild flowers of Table Mountain and wild flowers of Table Mountain and Silvermine as well as books in retail, sales management, selling, labor law and children's fiction. He has a BA degree from the University of Witwatersrand, majoring in philosophy and political science, a diploma in marketing from the Institute of Marketing Management, and Master's degree in Business Leadership from UNISA. Although a businessman for most of his life, in his younger years he also did some part-time lecturing at the Cape Technikon and University of Cape Town. His interests have included travel, hiking, bird and game watching, marathon running, classical music especially guitar and most recently botany. Married, he has four children and eleven grandchildren. Eugene John Moll graduated from UKZN with a PhD in plant ecology and spent 10 years working as a Botanical Survey Officer, 20 years at UCT and 10 years at the University of Queensland before retiring to Cape Town in 2003. He holds an honorary position at UWC in the Department of Biodiversity and Conservation Biology and teaches an Honours module in Fynbos Ecology. He has spent his life being passionate about people-and-biodiversity conservation and has published in journals, written books and articles, and served the botanical community in many ways.