The Genus Lachenalia: A Botanical Magazine Monograph
Author: Graham Duncan. 650pp. 300+ photos. 135 maps. Hardback, ISBN 9781842463826, Kew Publishing 2012.
This is the first complete and illustrated Curtis's Botanical Magazine monograph of the genus Lachenalia, a horticulturally important and botanically diverse plant group. Lachenalia ranks with Gladiolus as one of the two most popular genera of South African bulbous plants worldwide, and next to Ornithogalum is the second-largest member of the family Hyacinthaceae in southern Africa. All species are described, classified and illustrated, with detailed text on history, morphology, phylogeny, phytogeography, pollination biology, cultivation and propagation. This book includes many highly attractive species which have never been illustrated in colour before, with 11 new taxa, ten of which are new species.
The Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries Annual Awards: Nominated titles: 2013 awards
The Genus Lachenalia will no doubt stand as one of the significant milestones of South African botanical publishing for decades to come, Brian W. van Wilgen, South African Journal of Science, Vol. 110, 3/4, March-April 2014
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, has been producing some very fine books in its Botanical Magazine Monograph series since 2002, and this, the latest monograph, is an outstanding addition to the series. E.G.H. Oliver and J. Van Staden, South African Journal of Botany 87, 2013
...nowhere else will you find such a combination of photographs, paintings, detailed descriptions, a key, distribution and cultivation information, written by the one person who knows the genus like no-one else. This is a book to use and to treasure. John C. David, Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society (171), 2013
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