The Genus Lachenalia is the first complete, illustrated systematic monograph of this horticulturally important and botanically diverse group of 133 species; it includes ten species and one subspecies that are new to science.
Amongst gardeners and specialist bulb growers the world over, ‘Cape hyacinths’ are recognised as ideal container plants for temperate greenhouses and windowsills in cold climates and for patios, rock gardens and garden beds in milder parts. Their exceptionally showy blooms, which come in a huge variety of colours, shapes, sizes and scents, and their fascinating leaves all contribute to the appeal of these striking plants; yet the horticultural potential of the genus has yet to be fully realised and a relatively small number of species are cultivated.
Beautifully illustrated throughout, this comprehensive and authoritative account includes comprehensive chapters on the genus’ history, morphology, phylogeny, phytogeography and pollination biology. Species identifications are facilitated by means of a key, detailed botanical descriptions, a distribution map for each species, more than 280 quality colour photographs and 39 watercolour paintings, some depicting striking species never before illustrated in colour. Extensive information is provided on the cultivation and propagation of all species, and on the control of their pests and diseases.
The Genus Lachenalia is a unique standard reference for all those wishing to learn more about this highly attractive and internationally popular genus, whether they be botanists, nature conservationists, ecologists, horticulturists, researchers, specialist bulb-growers or gardeners.
Graham D. Duncan is Curator of the Bulbous Plants Living Collection and a specialist horticulturist at the South African National Biodiversity Institute, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. He has studied Lachenalia in the field and in cultivation over many decades, working alongside Lachenalia experts such as the late Winsome Barker; he is the author of the accepted names of 39 Lachenalia species and four subspecies. Graham also has extensive horticultural experience of the genus, having grown many species from seed to flowering in order to assess their genotypic and phenotypic traits and to learn about their requirements in cultivation.