Tucked away in the southwestern corner of the Eastern Cape lies a narrow valley, flanked by the Baviaanskloof and Kouga mountain ranges.
Named after the chacma baboons that long ago made this 200-km-long kloof their home,
the Baviaanskloof is part of the Cape Floral Region World Heritage Site.
It is a meeting point of several different ecosystems, with almost all of South Africa’s eight biomes represented,
making for a remarkable diversity of species, including many endemics.
Plants of the Baviaanskloof describes well over 1,000 plant species. It includes:
• An introduction covering the geological history, climate and vegetation types of the region
• Detailed family and genus descriptions, including species counts
• Succinct descriptions of each plant species with full-colour photographs
• Species common names in several South African languages (where available).
Compiled over more than two decades, Plants of the Baviaanskloof
is sure to become an enduring record of the diversity of plant life found here.
The only botanical guide for this area, it is a must for botanists, gardeners, road-trippers, hikers,
travelers and all who have a deep interest in plants.
Detailed illustrations unpack intricate botanical information
Douglas Euston-Brown works as an independent botanical consultant, with a special focus on vegetation monitoring and conservation of natural ecosystems, especially in wild, remote areas. His plants interest in the Baviaanskloof was sparked when he studied the vegetation of the area for his Master’s sciences degree in the 1990s. He has since made the Baviaanskloof his second home, and his fieldwork in the region has led to the discovery of several new species, which are introduced here for the first time.
Magriet Kruger, married to Pieter Kruger, owner of Zandvlakte Private Nature Reserve, has lived in the Baviaanskloof since 1979. She started photographing flowers in the first week of her arrival and has been doing so ever since. She is dedicated to the conservation of the area’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. Magriet and her husband are widely known for their nature restoration initiatives and work in the local community.
Pub. date: February 2023
Format: 210 x 148 mm
Extent: 568 pages
Text: 133,650 words
Photographs: 2,025 images
Imprint: Struik Nature
BIC codes: Trees, wildflowers & plants; (WNP); Botany and plant sciences (PST); Natural history; General (T8.1); Environment & Ecology: General Interest (T8.8)
SAPnet codes: Natural History; Plants (T8.3); Natural History General (T8.1); Environment & Ecology: General Interest (T8.8)
Available at www.struiknature.co.za and all good bookstores from February 2023
Delivery date: 20 February 2023. Pre-order link: Loot.co.za