The aloe names book
Authors: O. M. Grace, R. R. Klopper, E. Figueiredo, G. F. Smith. 240pp. 210 x 148mm. 313 colour photos. Hardback, ISBN 9781842464199, The South African National Biodiversity Institute and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 2011.
The aloe names book brings together, for the first time, information on the current taxonomy of each species, the plethora of common names by which aloes are known globally, derivative natural products, as well as hundreds of historical names and the richly descriptive meanings of Latin names used for aloes. Lists of common names, synonyms and aloe-derived products allow quick and easy searching. The text includes an introduction to aloes, comprehensive reference list and colour photographs. The aloe names book is essential for succulent enthusiasts, nurserymen, CITES agencies, and natural resource managers. It will also be useful as a field companion for researchers and natural historians interested in ethnobotany and plant use.
Olwen M. Grace is a botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in the United Kingdom and presently holds a Marie Curie Fellowship at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.
Ronell R. Klopper is a plant taxonomist and manager of the Aloes of the World Project at the South African National Biodiversity Institute in Pretoria, South Africa. She also curates the aloe family (Asphodelaceae) at the National Herbarium in Pretoria (PRE).
Estrela Figueiredo is a plant taxonomist and research associate at the Department of Botany, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and also attached to the University of Coimbra in Portugal. Her interests include plant systematics and floristics of tropical and southern Africa.
Gideon F. Smith is Chief Director for Biosystematics Research and Biodiversity Collections at the South African National Biodiversity Institute and also associated with the University of Coimbra in Portugal. He holds the John Acocks Professorial Chair in the Department of Plant Science at the University of Pretoria. He has authored numerous books and papers on biosystematics, floristics and taxonomy.
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