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Guide to plant families of southern Africa

Guide to plant families of southern Africa

Authors: M. Koekemoer, H.M. Steyn & S.P. Bester

Published by SANBI Publishing (South African National Biodiversity Institute) as Strelitzia 31, first edition August 2013, second edition April 2014
Southern Africa has a total of 225 plant families with the 52 largest families covering over 90% of the flora. The large number of plant species in this region (ca. 24 000) makes identification to species level relatively difficult and the first step is usually to determine the family to which a specimen belongs. Knowledge of plant families allows one to place unknown plants into broad categories and then focus on a smaller search for the correct name.

This book aims to introduce readers to the beauty and diversity of our fascinating flora, and to enable scholars, students, amateurs and professionals to identify plants to family level.

The identification process is introduced in a predominantly visual way by providing images to identify the key diagnostic characters for each family. The beauty of, and variation within each family is comprehensively illustrated with a range of genera. Additional information is provided on the distribution and usefulness of each family. It is hoped that this book will inspire readers to appreciate our indigenous flora.
Copies are available from the SANBI Bookshop (bookshop@sanbi.org.za) and can also be ordered with mail order forms which are available on the SANBI website www.sanbi.org.

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