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9781920217525

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Plants / Plante

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Plants / Plante
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Medicinal plants and plant-derived medicine are widely used in traditional cultures all over the world and they are becoming increasingly popular in modern society as natural alternatives to synthetic chemicals. As more and more natural remedies are being commercialised, there is a need for a user-friendly reference guide to the plants and their products.

The book gives the reader a bird's eye view of more than 350 of the best-known medicinal plants of the world and their uses, in a compact, colourful and scientifically accurate reference text. It provides quick answers to the most obvious questions: Where does this plant originate? What does it look like? In which culture is it traditionally used? What is it used for? Which chemical compounds does it contain? How safe is it? What is known about its pharmacological activity? What evidence is there that it is effective?

The authors also provide short overviews of the various health conditions for which medicinal plants are used and the active compounds (secondary metabolites) found in the plants and their modes of actions.

Format: Hard cover - 240 x 168 mm
Extent: 520 pages
Text: approx. 180 000 words
Images: over 800 full-colour images
Publication date: 2017-07-01
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9781875093137

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Plants / Plante

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Plants / Plante
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Magic is not a too strong term for the appeal of this unique group of plants, the Mesembs. Radiant in flower and highly diverse in form and stature, this fascinating group includes plants as small as wheat grains or as big as a rhinoceros.

Their fruits are as complex as any in the floral kingdom or as simple as saltshakers. Mesembs have captured the imagination of botanists, horticulturalists and travelers for many centuries.

This beautifully produced book is a must for anyone who want to experience the magic of mesembs. It includes the distribution and ecology, conservation, uses, cultivation, identification, genera and guide to the groups of mesembs. To facilitate easy identification, the genera are divided into groups exhibiting more or less similar external characters.

The aim of this book is to provide a well-illustrated, easy-to-read overview of all the 123 mesembs genera that are currently recognised. Illustrations are provided for a representative selection of species.
Publication date: 2016-09-01
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9781875093717

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Plants / Plante

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Plants / Plante
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Since ancient times, poisonous plants and mushrooms have been used for hunting, murder and magic. Most cultures of the world have learnt to avoid these plants or to use them with discretion. Many of the plants are still widely used as traditional medicine for their therapeutic value in the treatment of diseases. Others are popular as recreational drugs or for ceremonial and spiritual purposes. Hazardous plants are commonly used as garden ornamentals, pot plants or florist flowers, and many people are no longer aware of the inherent dangers posed by toxic plants or medicines derived from them. Also included in this illustrated guide are plants causing irritation and inflammation of the skin and mucous membranes. A special focus is on psychoactive plants which can have stimulant, sedative, hypnotic, narcotic or hallucinogenic properties, such as coca, opium, cannabis and scopolamine.

This guide gives the reader a bird's eye view of all the famous and well-known poisonous and mind-altering plants of the world. The book is presented as a compact, colourful and scientifically accurate reference text. It covers more than 1200 of the most important plants that people are likely to be exposed to. More than 200 of the most important poisonous and mind-altering plants are treated in depth in short monographs, covering their diagnostic characters, region of origin and distribution, active ingredients, toxicity, symptoms of intoxication and possible modes of action. Each monograph provides information on first aid treatment.

This guide is a must for gardeners, farmers, veterinarians, students, botanists, pharmacists, chemists, doctors and Poison Centres. The compact format and encyclopedic style will be useful to rapidly access information on poisonous plants.
Publication date: 2015-06-01
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9781775846543

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Plants / Plante

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Plants / Plante
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Neither plant nor animal, mushrooms constitute a unique group of organisms. They appear in such diverse shapes, sizes and colours that identifying them can be difficult; and, for foragers, distinguishing between edible and poisonous varieties can be risky.

Featuring more than 200 fungi commonly found in South Africa, this engaging guide is organised according to the main family groups, enabling more accurate identifi cation in the fi eld. Individual descriptions detail the characteristic features of each species, as well as their distribution, habitat, size, edibility and toxicity. A comprehensive introduction explains the basic biology of fungi, their role in the ecosystem and their use for humans.

Additional features include an illustrated key to the dominant characters of form, shape and surface, and useful tips for mushroom hunters.

Lavishly illustrated with more than 850 colour photographs, this is both a practical guide and a beautiful book that will inspire nature lovers, foragers, epicureans and anyone curious about these extraordinary members of our natural world.
Publication date: 2019-06-20
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9780958495493

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Plants / Plante

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Plants / Plante
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In this book are fifty-two compelling tales that will lead the reader on a journey of discovery of the African continent. It tracks the ancient grail of traditional African medicine or muthi. The journey takes one year, with one story for each of the fifty-two weeks. Many of the stories inherited through Africa's compelling oral tradition are between these covers: committed to paper for the first time ever.

The ancient African people were the first aromatherapists who well understood the effect of plants on the human body, mind and soul. Innately spiritual, the thousands of lineages of African people across thousands of years have all used plant medicines for healing, always with the blessing of their ancestors.

Knowledge of African plant mythology and its associated healing practices is most certainly a grail because on this great continent we call Africa, knowledge has always been an oral tradition. Because it was never written down, thousands of years of healing wisdom and intelligence have been lost in the transference from one generation to the next.

This book endeavoures to bring to light the deep history of fifty-two of the thousands of indigenous medicinal plants of Africa, before it is too late. The focus is towards Southern Africa because this region is a hotspot of cultural and botanical diversity. Unlike the healing knowledge of other ancient cultures, such as India or China, little of Africa's healing history is recorded.

As you read the stories about fifty-two of the continent's prominent indigenous plant cures, the authors hope you, too, will experience some of the magnetism, mystery and wisdom of Africa. They hope it will help you understand a bit more about yourself and about our species: the human being.
Publication date: 2013-04-01
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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Plants / Plante

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Plants / Plante
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Deur 'n bioloog se oê lyk die mensdom se doen en late nogal vreemd, soms ontstellend, meesal snaaks, maar dikwels wel bewonderenswaardig. Erik Holm is een van die min wetenskaplikes wat nie bang is om ook vanuit 'n ander hoek na die mens te kyk nie. Gelukkig het hy 'n humorsin, en is hy darem ook nog liewer vir mense as vir sy hond! In hierdie boek gee die skrywer sy mening oor die ekologiese krisis en beveel aan dat ons ons hele wereldbeskouing verander, nie net ons tegnologie nie. Dit beteken ons ou volkie se pionierstalente kom weer in aanvraag. Hy glo ook parasiete is van groot nut vir die mensdom, want dink net hoe hierdie haglik oorbevolkte planeetjie nou al sou gelyk het sonder malaria! Het u geweet vegetaries is in werklikheid plantmoordenaars? Hulle is erger as vleiseters, want hulle pik op die mees weerlose lewende wesens wat nie eers kan skree of weghol nie. En diereregte-aktiviste is ongelukkig en onvrolik. Hulle het in der waarheid net een doel, en dis om ander mense ewe ongelukkig te maak. En hulle het geld. Soos die ikone van televisie-prediking weet hulle hoe om hulle bydraes uit na ewe ou tannies se sakke te rokkel. Wanneer die dood tersprake kom, glo hy ons instinkte lieg vir ons dat ons liggame onsterflik is. Ons verstand weet ons gaan sterf, maar ons arme instinktiewe liggame glo dit nie. Hierdie boek sal die leser laat dink, nadink en lag omdat Erik Holm se blik op die lewe ander verrassende fasette daarvan belig.
Publication date: 2009-01-01
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9781920217457

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Plants / Plante

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Plants / Plante
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Orchids in South Africa - A Gardener's Guide shows new and existing growers how to care for their orchid plants. Learn how to treat your orchids (and most commercially available orchids are quite easy!), water and feed them, how much shade or light they need, and how you need to grow, maintain and propagate them to prosper and flower regularly. Many species are discussed in detail, and the accompanying photographs of the species and a selection of popular hybrids will help you identify the different kinds, and also show you what other species you may be able to grow in the conditions you are able to provide.

Orchids in South Africa - A Gardener's Guide is an invaluable guide for orchid growers in South Africa. It contains chapters on Orchids and their history; Basic botanical information on orchids; General growing information, and Repotting and dividing of orchids.

Growing orchids is a fascinating and satisfying hobby. However, be warned that when you obtain your first orchid you will be blessed with an instant, life-long addiction to orchids!

EXTENT: 192 pages
FORMAT: 240 x 168 mm
Soft cover, integral binding, full colour throughout, up to 400 colour photographs and illustrations.
Publication date: 2014-03-01
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9781775844839

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Plants / Plante

Illustrator: Herbert Starker
Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Plants / Plante
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Orchids of South Africa is the first field guide to local orchids to be published in over 30 years, and presents the more than 450 orchid species found in the region, including Lesotho and Swaziland.

A comprehensive roundup of orchids in their natural habitat, the book features:
multiple photos for each species
distribution maps
flowering time-bars
succinct text, enabling sure identification of these fascinating plants.
An illustrated introduction discusses orchid structure, ecology and conservation status.

Informative, colourful and easy-to-use, Orchids of South Africa is the authoritative update enthusiasts have been waiting for.
Publication date: 2016-03-01
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9781920217716

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Plants / Plante

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Plants / Plante
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People's Plants is a scientific review of all of the most important useful plants of southern Africa. It remains the first and only fully illustrated ethnobotanical reference source for southern Africa. In this expanded and updated second edition, traditional and contemporary uses of more than 700 plants are described and illustrated in 20 chapters, each dealing with a specific category of plant use:
FOODS & DRINKS - (1) Cereals, (2) Seeds & nuts, (3) Fruits & berries, (4) Vegetables, (5) Roots, bulbs & tubers, and (6) Beverages.
HEALTH & BEAUTY - (7) General medicines, (8) Tonic plants, (9) Mind & mood plants, (10) Women's health, (11) Wounds, burns & skin conditions, (12) Dental care, (13) Perfumes & repellents, and (14) Soap plants and cosmetics.
SKILLS & CRAFTS - (15) Hunting & fishing, (16) Dyes and tans, (17) Utility timbers, (18) Fire-making and firewood, (19) Basketry, weaving & ropes, (20) Thatching, mats & brooms.

This fascinating book is a must for anyone interested in useful plants, new crop plants, medicinal plants, new product development, ecotourism, rural development, traditional crafts, African culture, ethnobotany and botany in general.
Publication date: 2018-01-15
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9781920217020

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Plants / Plante

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Plants / Plante
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South Africa has a rich flora of around 19 000 different wild flower species. For those who wish to know more about South Africa's wild flowers this very richness poses its own problems. Most fl ower guides cover little more than small stretches of the country and the others include too few species to be of much use. Photo Guide to the Wild flowers of South Africa aims to overcome these defi ciencies. Carefully conceived to cover those wild flowers that are most likely to attract attention, this countrywide guide includes nearly 900 of the most common and conspicuous wildfl owers that occur in South Africa and the neighbouring countries of Lesotho, Swaziland and Namibia.
This edition has been fully updated to reflect recent taxonomic changes.

An easy-to-use format divides the country into three main wildfl ower regions, Grassland and Savannah, Fynbos and Namaqualand, grouping the species into each region.
Each of the almost 900 species is illustrated and described, with information on its common and scientifi c names, habitat, distribution map, flowering times and local uses.
An ingenious quick guide helps the reader to narrow down the options at a glance.
Similar species are placed together to aid comparison and the concise text highlights their differences.
Authored and illustrated by professionals with wide experience in producing guidebooks, Photo Guide to the Wild flowers of South Africa is the key to unlocking South Africa's wild flower heritage.

EXTENT: 352 pages
Publication date: 2015-04-01
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9781920217044

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Plants / Plante

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Plants / Plante
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Photo guide to trees of Southern Africa is a identification and reference guide to 300 of the more common tree species in the region, both native and naturalised. Features of the edition include: Descriptive accounts highlighting the most important field identification characters. Full-colour photographs illustrating growth form, flowers, fruit and bark of the various species. Up-to-date distribution maps showing the range of each species in southern Africa. Information on habitat preference of each species and uses by man. Reference to similar and closely related species and how they can be distinguished. Introductory chapters on biomes and trees; fruit trees; furniture and craftwork; firewood; medicinal and poisonous trees; trees and animals; architecture of trees; identifying trees.
Publication date: 2012-03-01
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9781920572020

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Plants / Plante

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Plants / Plante
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Southern Africa boasts a rich variety of tree species, both indigenous and exotic. Pocket Guide Trees of Southern Africa is an authoritative introduction to the region's trees, describing and illustrating 132 species. This publication has its origins in Van Wyk's A Photographic Guide to Trees of Southern Africa and has been fully revised and updated by well-known authority Braam van Wyk. Each species account highlights the key identification features, and also touches
on the medicinal and commercial uses of the trees. This compact, easy-to-use guide makes an ideal travelling companion and will help readers to become more knowledgeable about trees.
Publication date: 2013-10-01
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9781775846956

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Plants / Plante

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Plants / Plante
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Pocket Guide Fynbos features over 300 of the most spectacular and commonly seen species from South Africa's renowned floral kingdom - all in one handy, easy-to-use guide.

The species are presented in detail, with each entry featuring:
succinct descriptions of the plant and its habitat, comparisons with similar species and flowering times
full-colour photographs and distribution maps
floral key, using symbols to denote main identifying features
interesting facts about species.
For ease of use, the species are divided into 10 distinct groups, and an illustrated floral key on the inside front cover offers flower lovers a smart tool with which to identify species more accurately.

The introduction describes the world of fynbos, detailing the origins, diversity, adaptations and conservation of this unique flora.

This compact guide is an invaluable aid for anyone interested in South Africa's astonishing floral treasures.
Publication date: 2020-07-20
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9781770077560

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Plants / Plante

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Plants / Plante
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Neither plant nor animal, mushrooms (or fungi) are mysterious organisms that range in size from microscopic to over a metre wide. Fungus groups are amazingly diverse and in South Africa alone there are estimated to be more than 171 500 species.
Publication date: 2010-09-01
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9781775841661

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Plants / Plante

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Plants / Plante
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Pocket Guide: Wild Flowers of South Africa covers some 260 flowers representing all of the region's major vegetation types:

Accounts are conveniently organised by flower colour.
Key ID features are supplied for each flower, as well as interesting facts.
A photograph and distribution map accompany each species.
Includes common and conspicuous plants as well as some alien species that
are naturalized in the region.
This book showcases some of the region's diverse, strikingly beautiful floral splendours
Publication date: 2015-11-01

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