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The Color Encyclopedia of Cape Bulbs


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The Cape Region, at the southern tip of Africa, is easily among the richest centers for bulbous plants and probably the most famous. Nearly 1200 species of bulbous plants find their home there and almost three-quarters of them occur nowhere else. This first complete account of all the bulbous plants of the Cape Floral Region is an essential aid to the identification of all species presently in cultivation as well as the many others that are potentially valuable horticultural subjects. The book is richly illustrated with high-quality color photographs of more than half the species of Cape bulbs, many of which have never been illustrated before.

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This encyclopedic treatment of all the bulbous flora of South Africa's Cape Floral Region begins with introductory essays on the bulbs of the Cape; early exploration; vegetation; climate, geology, and soils; biogeography; bulbs in the garden; bulb structure; and their cultivation. The main part of the book is devoted to genus and species descriptions: genus entries cover habitat and cultivation, as well as providing detailed descriptions; species entries offer descriptions, flowering times, and habitat details. Keys to the species are offered, along with resources including a conversion table, suppliers, a glossary, references, and more. While aiming for comprehensiveness for botanists, the volume is also a breathtaking guide for travelers and a lavishly illustrated source of inspiration for gardeners. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


This first complete account of all the bulbous plants of the Cape Floral Region is an essential aid to the identification of all species presently in cultivation.

About the Author

John Manning was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, and has been a research scientist in the Compton Herbarium at the National Botanical Institute, South Africa, since 1989. He works at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town, one of the world's great botanical gardens and an important center for research on the African flora. Although he has studied the anatomy, embryology and seed development of plants in diverse families, including the Fabaceae, Proteaceae and Stilbaceae, he has focused his research more recently on the Iridaceae, collaborating on various research projects with Peter Goldblatt. Together they have investigated the evolution and pollination biology of the African genus Lapeirousia and the systematics, pollination systems and evolution of Gladiolus in southern Africa. John and Peter have coauthored several books, including Gladiolus in Southern Africa and various wildflower guides to the southern African flora, the most recent of which was Wildflowers of the Fairest Cape (Redroof Design and Timber Press, 2000). John is also an accomplished botanical artist and photographer; his drawings have been published in numerous books and scientific journals.
Peter Goldblatt is the B.A. Krukoff Curator of African Botany at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. Throughout his botanical career he has concentrated his attention on the Iridaceae and has shown particular interest in its African members.

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Manning, John C.
Snijman, Deirdre
Snijman, Dee
Manning, John
Goldblatt, Peter
Timber Press (OR)
Portland, OR
Flowers - Bulbs
Cape bulbs.
Life Sciences - Botany
Gardening-Bulbs Rhizomes and Tubers
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