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Books > Sport & Leisure > Natural history, country life & pets > Plant life: general > General

Field Guide to Common Trees & Shrubs of East Africa (Paperback, New Edition): Najma Dharani Field Guide to Common Trees & Shrubs of East Africa (Paperback, New Edition)
Najma Dharani
R450 R359 Discovery Miles 3 590 Save R91 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Fully updated and expanded, this third edition of the top-selling Field Guide to Common Trees & Shrubs of East Africa now features more than 520 of the trees and shrubs – indigenous and naturalized exotics – commonly found in the region.

Each of the four sections – trees, shrubs, palms and mangroves – is arranged in alphabetical order according to scientifi c name. The book features:

• An informative introduction to families.

• Species accounts describing the plants’ habitat, bark, leaves, fl owers and fruit.

• General and commercial applications and uses in traditional medicine.

• Almost 2,000 photographs depicting the species, its fruit, fl owers and bark.

• Glossaries, both textual and illustrated, of botanical and medical terms.

Field Guide to the Succulent Euphorbias of southern Africa (Hardcover): Alma Moeller, Rolf Becker Field Guide to the Succulent Euphorbias of southern Africa (Hardcover)
Alma Moeller, Rolf Becker
R525 R495 Discovery Miles 4 950 Save R30 (6%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

The Field Guide to the Succulent Euphorbias of southern Africa by Alma Moeller and Rolf Becker is a pioneer publication on euphorbias in southern Africa. It is a beautifully illustrated, full colour identification guide that makes it easy for the layperson as well as anybody interested in the flora of southern Africa to identify a particular species. The Guide contains: Introductory chapters containing general information about the species characters, how to identify an euphorbia, growing euphorbias in cultivation, gardening with euphorbias, medicinal and other uses, herbaceous species and invaders. Detailed descriptions of 224 species, including emphasis on distinguishing features, habitat, distribution maps, conservation status, scientific and known common names, as well as notes on similar species. Similar looking species are grouped together in 18 species groups, based on easily recognisable morphological characters. Group 19 contains previously undescribed species, and Group 20 contains species of uncertain status. More than 870 full-colour photographs and illustrations. Taxonomic classification. Glossary and index to scientific and common names.

Guide to Mosses and Liverworts of Woodlands (Fold-out book or chart): Martin Godfrey Guide to Mosses and Liverworts of Woodlands (Fold-out book or chart)
Martin Godfrey
R118 Discovery Miles 1 180 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Meadowland - the private life of an English field (Paperback): John Lewis-Stempel Meadowland - the private life of an English field (Paperback)
John Lewis-Stempel 1
R264 R230 Discovery Miles 2 300 Save R34 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

_________________ 'BRITAIN'S FINEST LIVING NATURE WRITER' - THE TIMES WINNER OF THE THWAITES WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2015 What really goes on in the long grass? Meadowland gives an unique and intimate account of an English meadow's life from January to December, together with its biography. In exquisite prose, John Lewis-Stempel records the passage of the seasons from cowslips in spring to the hay-cutting of summer and grazing in autumn, and includes the biographies of the animals that inhabit the grass and the soil beneath: the badger clan, the fox family, the rabbit warren,the skylark brood and the curlew pair, among others. Their births, lives, and deaths are stories that thread through the book from first page to last.

What Have Plants Ever Done for Us? - Western Civilization in Fifty Plants (Hardcover): Stephen A. Harris What Have Plants Ever Done for Us? - Western Civilization in Fifty Plants (Hardcover)
Stephen A. Harris 1
R407 R350 Discovery Miles 3 500 Save R57 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When did the British Government become the world's largest drugs pusher? What tree is frequently used to treat cancer? Which everyday condiment is the most widely traded spice on the planet? Plants are an indispensable part of our everyday life. From the coffee bush and grass for cattle which give us milk for our cappuccinos to the rubber tree which produces tyres for our cars, our lives are inextricably linked to the world of plants. Taking us on a chronological journey, Stephen Harris identifies fifty plants that have been key to the development of the Western world, discussing trade, politics, medicine, travel and chemistry along the way. Plants have provided paper and ink, chemicals that could kill or cure, vital sustenance and stimulants. Some, such as barley, have been staples from earliest times; others, such as oil palm, are newcomers to Western industry. Moreover, with time, uses change: beets, which have been used variously as a treatment for leprosy, source of sugar and animal feed, are now showing potential as biofuels. What may the future hold for mandrake or woad? We remain dependent on plants for our food, our fuel and our medicines. Their effects on our lives, as the stories in this wide-ranging and engaging book demonstrate, continue to be profound, and often unpredictable.

Botany in a Day - The Patterns Method of Plant Identification (Paperback, 6th ed.): Thomas J Elpel Botany in a Day - The Patterns Method of Plant Identification (Paperback, 6th ed.)
Thomas J Elpel
R688 R564 Discovery Miles 5 640 Save R124 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Looking for a faster, easier, and engaging way to identify plants? Related plants have similar characteristics, and they often have similar uses. Rather than learning new plants one-at-a-time, it is possible to learn them by the hundreds, based on plant family patterns.


Each family of related plants has unique patterns for identification. Learn to recognize these patterns, and discover them again and again in the plants you encounter. It is possible to instantly recognize a plant never before seen, and in many cases, to know its edible or medicinal properties on the spot-even before you have identified it down to the species

Woodlands (Paperback, New edition): Oliver Rackham Woodlands (Paperback, New edition)
Oliver Rackham 1
R360 R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Save R81 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

`Trees are wildlife just as deer or primroses are wildlife. Each species has its own agenda and its own interactions with human activities ...' Written by one of Britain's best-known naturalists, Woodlands offers a fascinating new insight into the trees of the British landscape that have filled us with awe and inspiration throughout the centuries. Looking at such diverse evidence as the woods used in buildings and ships, and how woodland has been portrayed in pictures and photographs, Rackham traces British woodland through the ages, from the evolution of wildwood, through man's effect on the landscape, modern forestry and its legacy, and recent conservation efforts and their effects. In his lively and thoroughly engaging style, Rackham explores woodlands and their history, through names, surveys, mapping and legal documents, archaeology, photographs and works of art, thus offering an utterly compelling insight into British woodlands and how they have come to shape a national obsession.

The Language of Flowers - A Pocket Guide to the Folklore & Symbolism of Floral Gifts (Poster, 2nd ed.): James Kavanagh,... The Language of Flowers - A Pocket Guide to the Folklore & Symbolism of Floral Gifts (Poster, 2nd ed.)
James Kavanagh, Waterford Press
R159 R149 Discovery Miles 1 490 Save R10 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Posh Adult Coloring Book: Cats and Flowers for Fun & Relaxation (Paperback): Susan Black Posh Adult Coloring Book: Cats and Flowers for Fun & Relaxation (Paperback)
Susan Black
R269 R164 Discovery Miles 1 640 Save R105 (39%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Susan Black brings together adorable cats and striking botanical patterns for a beautifully crafted, inspirational coloring book. Fanciful and vibrant, these nature-inspired coloring pages encourage you to celebrate every day and inspire you to live a life of gratitude. "I hope my artwork makes someone smile, that they might be encouraged to slow down and appreciate the simple goodness in their own life: a kind word spoken, an inspirational phrase, a colorful blossom, a butterfly flitting by or time spent with pets and family." -Susan Black

Our Alpine Flora (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition): Elias Landolt, Krystyna M. Urbanska Our Alpine Flora (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition)
Elias Landolt, Krystyna M. Urbanska
R1,079 Discovery Miles 10 790 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The glorious colours and the diversity of shapes of Alpine plants delight every alpinist and hiker. Those who take time to look closer at the plants and their dwellings will be rewarded with the discovery of the interesting relationships between plants and their environment, and will enjoy their ever varying appearance and multitude of forms. This SAC guidebook helps the reader to understand the diverse aspects of plant life in the Alps. It also answers questions such as: which faraway lands the Alpine plants come from? Why is the plant cover near Zermatt different from that high up at the foot of the Eiger? How do some Alpine plants still manage to grow above 12.000 ft, when others do not even reach the treeline? To help the recognition of species, the book has 480 colour photographs, mostly taken in their natural invironment. In addition, about 75 species are presented in ink drawings. A practical fieldguide for amateur botanists, it is also an important reference work for all those with an interest in alpine plants as well as for students.

TreeGirl - Intimate Encounters with Wild Nature (Hardcover): Julianne Skai Arbor TreeGirl - Intimate Encounters with Wild Nature (Hardcover)
Julianne Skai Arbor
R1,186 R851 Discovery Miles 8 510 Save R335 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Guide to Woodland Plants (Sheet map, folded): Richard Gulliver, Mavis Gulliver Guide to Woodland Plants (Sheet map, folded)
Richard Gulliver, Mavis Gulliver; Illustrated by Carol Roberts
R105 Discovery Miles 1 050 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
How to Be More Tree - Essential Life Lessons for Perennial Happiness (Hardcover): Potter Gift How to Be More Tree - Essential Life Lessons for Perennial Happiness (Hardcover)
Potter Gift; Illustrated by Annie Davidson
R290 R242 Discovery Miles 2 420 Save R48 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Sasol First Field Guide to Mushrooms of Southern Africa (Paperback): M. Branch Sasol First Field Guide to Mushrooms of Southern Africa (Paperback)
M. Branch 2
R90 R72 Discovery Miles 720 Save R18 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

These natural history guides have been developed in the hope that young people and anyone with a budding interest in natural history will take up the challenge to learn the secrets of southern Africa's fascinating fauna and flora.

These little guides are an invaluable resource for the beginner, providing information at a glance through superb photographs, maps and easy-to-read text.

Baobabs of the World - The Upside-Down Trees of Madagascar, Africa and Australia (Paperback): Andry Petignat, Louise Jasper Baobabs of the World - The Upside-Down Trees of Madagascar, Africa and Australia (Paperback)
Andry Petignat, Louise Jasper
R260 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R52 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A photographic masterpiece, this beautiful book is a fi tting tribute to the baobab – an extraordinary and majestic tree found principally in Madagascar, and peripherally in Africa and Australia.

The first section offers a short introduction to the classifi cation and general description of baobabs, details of their life history, biogeography, dispersal and their role in people’s lives. The second section comprises a guide to each of the eight baobab species, including a botanical description, details of their habitat, distribution and principal uses, accompanied by clear images and line drawings of the leaves, flowers, fruits and growth habit of each species.

Interesting text and lavish photographs throughout make this book irresistible for specialist botanists and lay enthusiasts alike, and it will have particular appeal for tourists too.

Wild flowers of Majorca Minorca and Ibiza (Hardcover): Elspeth Beckett Wild flowers of Majorca Minorca and Ibiza (Hardcover)
Elspeth Beckett
R3,801 Discovery Miles 38 010 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Visitors to these islands in search of sun and sea are often surprised by theglorious wild flowers, abundant particularly in the spring and late autumn.Many are curious to know more about them.This book offers a means of identification on three levels.For the complete beginner there are illustrations of most of the more strikingwild plants (and of a few cultivated ones).For those who wish to go further, there is help in the form of a botanical key (abasic skill for would-be botanists, and what better place, than a sunny holidayisland to learn it in).For those who already have this skill here is a key to all the wild floweringplants ( except those waiting to be discovered - what a challenge for aninteresting holiday!).

Tree Wisdom - The Definitive Guidebook to the Myth, Folklore and Healing Power of Trees (Paperback): Jacqueline Memory Paterson Tree Wisdom - The Definitive Guidebook to the Myth, Folklore and Healing Power of Trees (Paperback)
Jacqueline Memory Paterson
R294 R265 Discovery Miles 2 650 Save R29 (10%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

It has comprehensive information on all the main species of tree and written in an easy to use and accessible style by an Arch-druidess.This book contains all the practical information you need to identify each tree as it changes throughout the year and includes:comprehensive physical and descriptions and botanical informationthe legends and myths surrounding each treethe healing powers and magical properties of the individual tree

Field Guide to Coastal Flowers of the Pacific Northwest (Pamphlet): Phillipa Hudson Field Guide to Coastal Flowers of the Pacific Northwest (Pamphlet)
Phillipa Hudson
R164 R134 Discovery Miles 1 340 Save R30 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

With gorgeous full-colour photos arranged in an easy-to-use colour coded chart for quick identification, the pocket-sized format is perfect for taking along on walks and hikes through both the Pacific Northwest countryside as well as the urban wilds of West Coast cities. Supplying English and Latin names, the distribution range of each species and average plant height and flower size, Phillipa Hudson shares her knowledge of coast flora gained through over 30 years as an active amateur botanist.

Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland (Paperback): Lisa Schneidau Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland (Paperback)
Lisa Schneidau
R262 R218 Discovery Miles 2 180 Save R44 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The islands of Britain and Ireland hold a rich heritage of plant folklore and wisdom, from the magical yew tree to the bad-tempered dandelion. Here are traditional tales about the trees and plants that shape our landscapes and our lives through the seasons. They explore the complex relationship between people and plants, in lowlands and uplands, fields, bogs, moors, woodlands and towns. Suitable for all ages, this is an essential collection of stories for anyone interested in botany, the environment and our living heritage.

Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm - Beyond the Doors of Perception into the Dreaming of Earth (Paperback): Stephen... Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm - Beyond the Doors of Perception into the Dreaming of Earth (Paperback)
Stephen Harrod Buhner
R497 R347 Discovery Miles 3 470 Save R150 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A manual for opening the doors of perception and directly engaging the intelligence of the Natural World
- Provides exercises to directly perceive and interact with the complex, living, self-organizing being that is Gaia
- Reveals that every life form on Earth is highly intelligent and communicative
- Examines the ecological function of invasive plants, bacterial resistance to antibiotics, psychotropic plants and fungi, and the human species
In "Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm," Stephen Harrod Buhner reveals that all life forms on Earth possess intelligence, language, a sense of I and not I, and the capacity to dream. He shows that by consciously opening the doors of perception, we can reconnect with the living intelligences in Nature as kindred beings, become again wild scientists, nondomesticated explorers of a Gaian world just as Goethe, Barbara McClintock, James Lovelock, and others have done. For as Einstein commented, "We cannot solve the problems facing us by using the same kind of thinking that created them."
Buhner explains how to use analogical thinking and imaginal perception to directly experience the inherent meanings that flow through the world, that are expressed from each living form that surrounds us, and to directly initiate communication in return. He delves deeply into the ecological function of invasive plants, bacterial resistance to antibiotics, psychotropic plants and fungi, and, most importantly, the human species itself. He shows that human beings are not a plague on the planet, they have a specific ecological function as important to Gaia as that of plants and bacteria.
Buhner shows that the capacity for depth connection and meaning-filled communication with the living world is inherent in every human being. It is as natural as breathing, as the beating of our own hearts, as our own desire for intimacy and love. We can change how we think and in so doing begin to address the difficulties of our times.

Guide to the Plants of Arizona's White Mountains (Paperback): George C West Guide to the Plants of Arizona's White Mountains (Paperback)
George C West; Contributions by Julie Hammonds; Foreword by Ellen L. West
R687 R563 Discovery Miles 5 630 Save R124 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

George C. West provides a simple and quick guide written especially for amateur plant lovers, nature enthusiasts, interested hikers, tourists, and botanists who want to learn more about the plants of the White Mountains in east-central Arizona. The book is neatly organized into three parts, which include woody trees; all other annual, biennial, and perennial flowers, shrubs, and vines; and ferns. This useful guide is written in accessible Language that makes it easy to identify over five hundred plant species found in the region. More than a thousand incredible color photographs of flowers, leaves, and other features provide nuanced detail that helps the reader differentiate various species of flowering plants, trees, and ferns. Guide to the Plants of Arizona's White Mountains is a must-have reference for all outdoor enthusiasts exploring this popular region of the Southwest.

An Oak Spring Herbaria - Herbs and Herbals from the Fourteenth to the Nineteenth Centuries: A Selection of the Rare Books,... An Oak Spring Herbaria - Herbs and Herbals from the Fourteenth to the Nineteenth Centuries: A Selection of the Rare Books, Manuscripts and Works (Hardcover)
Lucia Tongiorgi Tomasi, Tony Willis, Mark Argetsinger, Lisa Chien
R1,790 Discovery Miles 17 900 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This magnificent compendium is the fourth in a series of catalogues describing selections of rare books and other material in the Oak Spring Garden Library, a collection assembled by Mrs. Rachel "Bunny" Lambert Mellon. Herbaria describes sixty-three books and manuscripts about herbs and includes exquisite illustrations selected from the works themselves. Spanning the fourteenth to nineteenth centuries, and featuring works by Brunfels, Culpeper, Monardes, and Linnaeus, among others, this authoritative catalogue will prove fascinating to botanists, bibliophiles, garden historians, and herbalists alike.

The Wood for the Trees - The Long View of Nature from a Small Wood (Paperback): Richard Fortey The Wood for the Trees - The Long View of Nature from a Small Wood (Paperback)
Richard Fortey 1
R270 R210 Discovery Miles 2 100 Save R60 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From one of our greatest science writers, this biography of a beech-and-bluebell wood through diverse moods and changing seasons combines stunning natural history with the ancient history of the countryside to tell the full story of the British landscape. Guided by his abiding love of nature and a lifetime of scientific expertise, Richard Fortey takes us on a journey through ecosystems and time. The Wood for the Trees is the story of humankind meeting nature, an homage to the mesmerising interactions between flora, fauna and fungi. Discover the lives of animals and plants; the passage of seasons; visits by fellow enthusiasts; the play of light between branches; the influence of geology; and how woodland has shaped history, architecture, and industry. On every page Fortey shows how an intimate study of one small wood can reveal so much about the natural world, and demonstrates his relish for the incomparable pleasures of discovery.

The Little Book of the Language of Flowers (Hardcover): Nathalie Chahine The Little Book of the Language of Flowers (Hardcover)
Nathalie Chahine
R291 R251 Discovery Miles 2 510 Save R40 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How does the daisy express love? What did the heliotrope mean in the time of ancient Greece? Why do Christians associate the holly with Jesus? In Japan, what does the chrysanthemum embody? Why is the lily the representation of the Virgin Mary? How did the poppy end up being associated with sleep? Why was the hydrangea a symbol of betrayal for samurais? Since when does the narcissus embody vanity? This little book, illustrated with with beautiful retro-colour plates, explains in detail the symbolism held by 84 different flowers all over the world.

Wicked Plants - The A-Z of Plants That Kill, Maim, Intoxicate and Otherwise Offend (Hardcover): Amy Stewart Wicked Plants - The A-Z of Plants That Kill, Maim, Intoxicate and Otherwise Offend (Hardcover)
Amy Stewart
R270 R211 Discovery Miles 2 110 Save R59 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glinting red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a climbing plant that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. Bestselling author Amy Stewart takes on two hundred of Mother Nature's most appalling creations in an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate and otherwise offend. Menacing botanical illustrations render a ghastly portrait of evildoers that may be lurking in your back (or front) garden. Drawing on history, medicine, science and legend, this compendium of bloodcurdling botany will entertain, enlighten and alarm even the most intrepid gardeners and nature lovers.

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