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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.
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.