Aloes of Southern Africa

Aloes of Southern Africa

by Braam van Wyk

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781770074620
Publisher: Random House Struik
Publication date: 07/01/2011
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

BRAAM VAN WYK, a graduate of the Universities of Potchefstroom and Pretoria, is a plant taxonomist by training, with a wide interest in the classification of the rich southern African flora. Among his more popular works are Field Guide to Wild Flowers of the Highveld, Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa, A Photographic Guide to Wild Flowers of South Africa and How to Identify Trees in Southern Africa.

Table of Contents


Preface     5
Aloes and their kin     6
Introducing aloes     7
The family Aloaceae and its genera     15
Understanding aloes     29
Aloes and extreme environments     45
Aloes by habitat     54
Desert and semi-desert     57
Fynbos (Cape shrublands)     63
Thicket (valley bushveld)     67
Tropical, subtropical and Afromontane forests     73
Grasslands of the Highveld and central interior     76
Savanna (bushveld)     83
Non-discriminating aloe species     96
Gardening with aloes     102
General principles for growing aloes     105
Aloes and gardening styles     111
Growing aloes in containers     115
Growing and propagating aloes     119
Uses of aloes     126
References     132
Index     134

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