Friday, 12 June 2015

Fresh light on SA orchids


South Africa has an extraordinary treasure trove of orchids.

Orchids of South Africa is the first field guide to orchids in the area to be published in more than three decades. Orchid maniacs can drool over the nearly 500 orchid species found in the region, including Lesotho and Swaziland.

It features a  comprehensive over-view of orchids in their natural habitat, with photographs of each speices, distribution maps, flowering time-bars, and descriptive text to help with identification.

The paperback, by authors Steve Johnson and Benny Bytebier with illustrator Herbert Stärker, came out in May, with a grand 536 pages and 2,500 colour photos. From publisher Random House Struik, it’s available to purchase online for £19.99.


Caption: Bartholina burmanniana, Spider Orchid, a geophyte from Western Cape Renosterveld vegetation, South Africa