This first field guide to aloes of southern Africa provides fascinating insight into the aloes of the region. Full-colour photographs, distribution maps and easy-to-read text will help the budding naturalist to identify the more common aloes found in southern African gardens and landscapes, discover where they occur, and learn about their unique features.
This beginner's field guide introduces readers to some of the aloe species indigenous to (or naturalized in) southern Africa. Popular "architectural plants," aloes are widely used in gardens across the country and there is growing interest in their medicinal and commercial uses. In an introductory chapter, the author touches on aloe identification, their conservation status, growing, and gardening with aloes, and cosmetic and medicinal uses. Fifty species are described, each containing detailed information on plant characteristics, flower color, distribution, and notes on planting.
People's Plants is a photographic guide to the useful plants of Southern Africa. Traditional and contemporary uses of more than 650 plants are described and illustrated in 20 chapters, each dealing with a specific category of plant use. More than 530 photographs.
South Africa has been divided into 16 geographical regions, each with its own succulent gems highlighted and illustrated. Aside from proffering a wealth of information on the plants themselves, this book offers the reader useful advice on places to visit and which routes to follow throughout each region, in order to fully appreciate each area's succulent diversity. The 20 hand-painted plates and the photographs beautifully illustrate this complex and interesting ecological grouping of plants, and the regions in which they grow.
Aloes are stately succulent plants that capture the allure of the African savanna. Aloes in Southern Africa explores the character and biology of African aloes, their habits, characteristic features and distribution in nature. It details 58 aloe and related species, cultivation and propagation, gardening styles and plants that flourish in different regions, plus medicinal, cosmetic and culinary uses. Whether you are starting a garden, redeveloping one or simply looking to expand your knowledge of these fascinating succulents, Aloes in Southern Africa will prove an invaluable guide.
From the outset, South Africa's history has been marked by division and conflict along racial and ethnic lines. From 1948 until 1994, this division was formalized in the National Party's policy of apartheid. Because apartheid intruded on every aspect of private and public life, South African literature was preoccupied with the politics of race and social engineering. Since the release from prison of Nelson Mandela in 1990, South Africa has been a new nation-in-the-making, inspired by a nonracial idealism yet beset by poverty and violence. South African writers have responded in various ways to Njabulo Ndebele's call to "rediscover the ordinary." The result has been a kaleidoscope of texts in which evolving cultural forms and modes of identity are rearticulated and explored. An invaluable guide for general readers as well as scholars of African literary history, this comprehensive text celebrates the multiple traditions and exciting future of the South African voice. Although the South African Constitution of 1994 recognizes no fewer than eleven official languages, English has remained the country's literary lingua franca. This book offers a narrative overview of South African literary production in English from 1945 to the postapartheid present. An introduction identifies the most interesting and noteworthy writing from the period. Alphabetical entries provide accurate and objective information on genres and writers. An appendix lists essential authors published before 1945.