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Aloes, aristocrats of Namibian Flora.  A layman's photo guide to the aloe species of Namibia   S. Rothmann (2004) This new work on the aloes of Namibia offers in-habitat color photographs of all the species occurring in the former South West Africa.  It is up-to-date with the latest taxonomy. It offers historical information about the genus, the status of the various species still occurring in the wild and useful suggestions on how best to cultivate the individual species. Plant conservation is high on the author's agenda.  Text in English and German.   Softbound.  8 ¼" x 5 ¾", 96 pages.                           $19.95                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   


Mountain Plants of Venezuela, The Costal Range, The Andes and The Tepuis Bromeliads by Francisco Oliva-Esteve (2006).  This is a large book of 340 pages filled with beautiful and very colorful pictures of the plants and topography of Venezuela.  It also contains full page, color drawings of some of the plates.  Dealing with the origin, geology, flora and vegetation of the Mountains of Venezuela you will travel through the Venezuelan Guayanas, the Mountains of the Costal Cordillera and the Coro System, the Mountains of the Andes and the Paramo Vegetation as well as the unbelievable mountains of the Margarita Island.  There is an emphasis on the Tepuis of Guayana, the fantastic Bromeliads, Aechmeas in different habitats, Guzmaias and Guzmania squarrosa are also pictured in their various habitations.  In addition, there is a large section on Connellia-Navias and the Puyas of Ecuador, the seeds, berries and inflorescences.  Hard-bound,         $119.95


Aeonium in Habitat and Cultivation.  Rudolf Schulz.  216 pages full of very colorful and stunning pictures of Aeoniums fill this wonderful book.  The work is divided in sections on Habitat, Species, Non-Canary Island species, Naturalized Aeoniums, the Hybrids and cultivars, growing in pots and in the garden.  There is also a section on problems and their solutions!!!  A large section on Propagation completes the book filled with illustrations of the lovely symetrical beauties.   Hard-bound  $39.95


Australian Succulent Plants – An Introduction.  Attila Kapitany 

This wonderful book contains 240 pages of brilliant color photographs and information on the succulent plants of Australia.  It is divided into sections for Ground Plants, Rock and tree dwellers, Shrubs and Trees.  There is also a whole section devoted to other points of interest relating to the plants such as the animal associations, the edible succulent plants, naturalized succulent plants, cultivation and conservations. The section on sourcing of plants and seeds includes a list of names and addresses for acquiring some of them.  Hard-bound, $84.95.  

Colour-Illustrated Experiences of two Expeditions for Succulents in Central, South and Southwestern Madagascar.   J. A.  Audissou, H. Mays                                                                                                                     The book is based on expeditions to Madagascar by Jean-Andre Audissou and Harry Mays.  Color photographs illustrate the habitats and plants, with an Appendix on Lemurs. 11 ½" x 8 ¼", 96 pages, softbound.                                                                                                                                             $16.95                                                                                                                        

Echeveria Cultivars   L. Schulz, A. Kapitany (2005)

This book is a study of echiveria cultivars with superb color photographs of many different available plants.  It describes over 150 different types and offers an identification guide as well. Part 1 provides background information and detailed advice on care, health, pests, diseases, propagation and plant names. Part 2 & 3 is a photographic library arranged alphabetically to help in plant identification. A comprehensive plant index containing cultivar and species lists is found in the Appendix. 208 pages, 8 ¾" x 9 ¼" hard cover.


Eine Reise zu mexikanischen Standorten von Echinocereus pectinatus.

A tour to Mexican habitats of Echinocereus pectinatusM. & A. Ohr (2006)

In German and English.  An illustrated photo journey to the various Mexican habitats of the authors’ favorite cactus.  Includes additional CD ROM.  Staple bound 11½" x 8¼" 80 pages.                                                                                                                              $49.95  


Elegant Silvers - Striking Plants for Every Garden J. Gardner, K. Bussolini (2005)

Silver plants with their distinctive colors, textures and silhouettes provide an uncommon beauty to the landscape and to enrich the garden design. The authors have selected the candidates for a broad range of growing and design needs.  A history of silver plants is followed by a section on design and an encyclopedia of silvers A-Z.  Color photographs.

6½" x 9¼", 311 pages, hard cover.                                                                              $34.95

Ferocactus J. Pilbeam, D. Bowdery  (2005)                                                                Published by the British Cactus & Succulent Society, the book covers this cactus genus with notes on the classification (including five new combinations), cultivation, geography and distribution, together with a key to species and a checklist. A map of the distribution area accompanies the color photographs of plants in habitat and cultivation. 116 pages, hardback.  7 ½” x 10”.                                                                                                    $59.95             

The Genus Sclerocactus   Fritz Hochstatter (2005).In English, with German summary.  Contents: distribution, checklist of endangered species, taxonomy of the genus, cultivation. 465 color photos, 20 art drawings from each plant, 6 maps, 30 Scanning Electron Microscope of seeds.  30 Zymograms, 25 drawings (root systems, spines, fruits seeds).  Over 150 pages of beautiful color photographs along with additional photographs of cross-sections of flowers and copies of the original first descriptions.  Hardcover, glossy paper, 9” x 12”.                                                                                              $129.95                                                              

Grass Aloes in the South African Veld    C. Craib  (2006)                                                 A detailed account of this appealing group of deciduous aloes in habitat and in cultivation is presented for the first time — a culmination of some 20 years of Charles Craib’s active research on the species. A study of the veld of the eastern summer rainfall districts of South Africa where these plants occur with Gillian Condy’s water color paintings of each species and the habitat drawings by Murray Ralfe prepared insitu.156 pages, 9 ½” x 13”, hard cover.                                                                                 $159.95                         

Jewels of the Jungle –Bromeliaceae of Ecuador –Part I, Bromelioideae                         J. M. Manzanares (2002)                                                                                                       The first volume of a trilogy on the study of the Bromeliaceae of Ecuador. The author has devoted 20 years to the study of these plants in the field, traveling the length and breadth of Ecuador collecting, describing and photographing bromeliads in the wild, bringing many of them into cultivation.  This magnificently illustrated book is the systematic treatment of the 78 species of subfamily Bromelioideae recorded from Ecuador, with complete descriptions and keys.  240 pages, 9 ½” x 12” , hardbound.                     $134.95                                    

Jewels of the Jungle Bromeliaceae of Ecuador  Part II, Pitcairnioideae                        J. M. Manzanare (2005)                                                                                                                      The second in the series, this volume is a major step forward in the knowledge of the genera Pitcairnia and Puya in Ecuador. Many species are illustrated for the first time.  Their phenologies and ecologies in the field are studied and their conservation status is determined 303 pages, 9 ½” x 12”, hardbound.                                                     $134.95         


A photo books of numerous places highlighting palms, from the Americas, Africa, Indian Ocean, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia.   Sections devoted to the palm and the coconut palm.  Many color photographs, 144 pages, 9 ½” x 12 ½”, hard cover, color dust jacket.                                                                                                        $39.95               

The Splendid Sansevieria   B. J. Chahinian. (2005)

This new title covers the entire group of Sansevieria, dealing with many of the known species. The author's previous work, The Sansevieria Trifasciata Varieties, has been a classic on Sansevierias for quite a long time. Chapters in this book include hybrids, cultivation, display, propagation, a key to the species, and a list of the published Sansevierias with their authorities and references.    6 ¾" x 8 ½ " softbound               $39.95                                                                                             

Stapeliads of Southern Africa and Madagascar, Volumes 1 & 2  P. V. Bruyns (2005)                                  

A two-volume monograph dealing with the southern representatives of the fascinating group of succulent plants known as Stapeliads. This book contains meticulous line drawings, over 1,000 superb photographs and 200 distribution maps. Historical sketches of many renowned people in the field.  600 pages, hardbound with color dust jacket and sleeve to hold both volumes.  Hardbound, 9 ½" x 12”.  Add $6.00 extra for U. S. A. shipping.                                                                                                                  $249.95                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     



Teratopia is a new word to cover the world of the bizarre in the plant kingdom.  A new book totally devoted to unique plants.  All the beautiful pictures in this volume are of atypical plants demonstrating variations such as cresting, multicolored, striped and dappled plants. The book deals with chimeras in the plants and has detailed analysis of this unusual occurrence. There is a section on naming, cultivation, a glossary and recommended plants. Full of fabulous, unique color photographs and line drawings along with reproductions of old artistic pieces.  287 pages, 9” x 12”, hardbound with color dust jacket.    $69.95                           

PERENNIALS FOR THE SOUTHWEST   Plants that Flourish in Arid Gardens    M. Irish  (2006)

A guide for gardeners who want to create colorful gardens in arid climates and use less water.  Provides practical information on designing dry-climate gardens, together with information about soils, planting, watering, feeding, propagating, pests and diseases. Detailed descriptions of individual perennial plants suitable for arid regions are presented, along with the author’s observations about the plant’s performance and ornamental value.  Hard cover, 9 1/2 " x 7 ¼ ", 312 pages.                                     $29.95