This informative, easy-to-use handbook is a must for anyone with an interest in the indigenous flowers of our country. Whether you’re a weekend enthusiast or highly-qualified field naturalist, this book provides accessible information on more than 1 800 flower species, including:
Over 2 400 colour photographs
Margin leaf drawings
Points for easy field identification
Informative text, facing colour plates
Key to families
Ecological and gardening notes
Medicinal and other uses
Scientific and common names
Illustrative introductory chapter
Elsa Pooley, author of the ‘Complete Field Guide to Trees of Natal, Zululand and Transkei’ is a practical botanist with 30 years wide ranging experience in the field. Based first in the game reserves of Zululand, now on the South Coast of Kwazulu-Natal, she has undertaken research for the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Natal Parks Board, Human Sciences Research Council and Natal University, including pioneering work on the use of plants by the people of Maputaland.
She had worked closely with the National Botanical Institute, in particular the Natal Herbarium in the preparation of the Trust’s books. A skilled botanical artist whose work has been published and widely exhibited, she has also established 5 public indigenous gardens and a wild flower nursery. Voted the Natal Wildlife and Environment Society’s 1996 ‘Conservationist of the Year’, her knowledge and versatility bridges the divide between the popular and the academic.