Author: Elsa Pooley
Probably the most authoritative and extensive book of its type in the world, WILD FLOWERS, authored by Elsa Pooley, is an amazingly comprehensive full colour guide to South African wild flowers.
It is both a user-friendly field guide and an outstanding reference work. It establishes a new standard with 2450 colour photographs, over 2000 species, distribution maps, drawings, common names in seven local languages, colour coding and a key to the families (632 pages).
The maps cover a large part of the summer rainfall region from East London in the Eastern Cape to southern Mozambique, inland to eastern Free State, Gauteng, Northern Province and Mpumalanga including Lesotho and Swaziland.
The book is laid out in an easy to use field guide format and features:
*margin leaf drawings
*points for easy field
*ecological and gardening notes
*medicinal and other uses
*scientific names and their meanings
*brief description of families and genera
*illustrated introductory chapter on the region
*common names in English, Afrikaans, South Sotho, Swazi, Xhosa and Zulu