All Shops

Go to British Wildlife

6 issues per year 84 pages per issue Subscription only

British Wildlife is the leading natural history magazine in the UK, providing essential reading for both enthusiast and professional naturalists and wildlife conservationists. Published six times a year, British Wildlife bridges the gap between popular writing and scientific literature through a combination of long-form articles, regular columns and reports, book reviews and letters.

Subscriptions from £25 per year

Conservation Land Management

4 issues per year 44 pages per issue Subscription only

Conservation Land Management (CLM) is a quarterly magazine that is widely regarded as essential reading for all who are involved in land management for nature conservation, across the British Isles. CLM includes long-form articles, events listings, publication reviews, new product information and updates, reports of conferences and letters.

Subscriptions from £18 per year
Academic & Professional Books  Botany  Floras & Botanical Field Guides  Botany of Africa

Grass Aloes in the South African Veld

Monograph
By: Charles Craib
156 pages, Illus
Publisher: Umdaus Press
Grass Aloes in the South African Veld
Click to have a closer look
Select version
  • Grass Aloes in the South African Veld ISBN: 9781919766416 Hardback Dec 2005 Usually dispatched within 2-3 weeks
    £54.99
    #156012
Selected version: £54.99
About this book Customer reviews Related titles

About this book

Grass Aloes are an appealing group of deciduous aloes. As the name implies, they grow mainly in grasslands subject to winter fires. Their leaves and colours resemble their habitat, making them difficult to find when not in flower. These largely miniature aloes have very attractive flowers, making them desirable, if difficult, plants to cultivate. Their growing pattern is closely related to the winter fire cycles of the veld, some species responding directly to burning and producing leaves, flowers and later seed after such events.

This publication is as much a book of art as it is an enlightening study of the veld of the eastern parts of South Africa. Gillian Condy's illustrations of the species are masterpieces in their own right. She spent many hours in the veld, at times under very difficult conditions, to capture the essence of each species. The book is further enhanced by the attractive and detailed line drawings of the veld by Murray Ralfe, giving a good feel for the grassland habitat. As with so many other plant species in South Africa, the grass aloes are threatened by present-day demands on the veld. The grasslands are often heavily grazed by cattle, vast tracts have been cleared for afforestation, and there are pressures from the mining industry, mainly coal-mining. The remaining, often degraded, veld is furthermore subject to the introduction of alien vegetation, all of this causing a marked decline in the numbers of naturally occurring plants, including the grass aloes.

The book is the product of two decades of travel and research by Charles Craib and provides valuable and useful information on grassland conservation in general and the flora that goes with it in particular. Cultivation of grass aloes is difficult, little information being available. However, this book comprehensively deals with propagating and growing the plants. Chapters on the habitats and growth cycles, pollination, the development and dispersal of seed, the effects of habitat destruction, the role of fire as well as chapters on the artwork itself are included. A glossary and index is also supplied.

Also covered is the monotypic genus Chortolirion, which reasonably conveniently slots in with the grass aloes.

Customer Reviews

Monograph
By: Charles Craib
156 pages, Illus
Publisher: Umdaus Press
Current promotions
Backlist BargainsThe Mammal SocietyOrder your free copy of our 2018 equipment catalogueBritish Wildlife