776 pages, 1750 colour photos, 100 b/w line drawings, 350 colour distribution maps, colour tables
This comprehensive guide, covering South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana and Namibia, enables 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.
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Neil Crouch is an ethnobotanist with SANBI. He recently co-authored Guide to Succulents of Southern Africa. Ronell Klopper is curator of the fern collection at the National Herbarium, SANBI. John Burrows is a nature conservationist. He authored Ferns and Fern Allies of South and South-central Africa. Sandra Burrows is an acclaimed botanical illustrator and natural history author who has collaborated on several works, including Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies.