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Ferns of Southern Africa: a comprehensive guide.Artist/Author: Crouch, Neil R. et al.
This comprehensive guide to the ferns of southern Africa (covering South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana and Namibia) throws new light on a category of plants that’s little described or featured. User-friendly and accessible, it will enable quick and sure identification of all 315 ferns known to occur in the region. The book features: a double-page spread per species with a full plate of multiple; photographs, including close-ups; informative line drawings where necessary; detailed but clear descriptions; tables that highlight differences between similar-looking species; distribution maps based on years of intensive fieldwork; and, identification keys to families, genera and species. In compiling this unique and beautiful volume, the authors travelled extensively, even finding several new species of ferns. They are all treated in this guide – some described here for the first time. “Ferns of Southern Africa” will become the standard reference book on local ferns, and will likely become sought-after Africana.
Fern fever: the story of Pteridomania.Artist/Author: Whittingham, Sarah.
Of all the many passions and crazes in nineteenth-century gardening and natural history, none was as long lasting or as wide reaching as fern fever, or Pteridomania as it became known. The obsession with ferns was not confined to botanists and affected men, women and children from all classes through the British Isles, the Empire and America. Books and articles encouraged thousands to set out on fern forays. Their overwhelming desire to ‘capture’ a rare specimen led them to wade through streams, scale rock faces, descend gorges and lean over fast-flowing rivers. Accidents were common, sometimes fatal, and over-collecting and even fern stealing were rife. Sarah Whittingham has explored verdant ferneries and Pulhamite grottoes throughout the land, read hundreds of Victorian works on ferns, and examined ferny items from Coalbrookdale benches to Royal Worcester pottery to reveal the incredible extent of the craze. She introduces the key players – John Lindsay, Nathaniel Ward, George Loddiges, Edward Newman, Thomas Moore – together with many others. Fern Fever encompasses garden history, social history, and the decorative arts, illustrated with over 150 beautiful images from around the world. It includes a list of places to visit where you can experience the Victorian fern craze first hand today.