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Aquatic and Wetland Plants of Southern Africa

Aquatic and Wetland Plants of southern Africa is the most comprehensive identification guide to the aquatic and wetland plants of southern Africa. The book aims to conceptualise the importance of aquatic and wetland plants in the aquatic and transitional zone environment where they are found, and includes scientifically accurate descriptions on 690 species within 91 plant families, illustrated with more than 2 000 full-colour photographs. 

Authors: CE van Ginkel and CJ Cilliers
ISBN: 9781920217631
Extent: 832 pages
Format: Hard cover, full-colour throughout
Size: 240 x 168mm

Amazing features:

  • An introductory chapter on the importance and functioning of the aquatic and wetland habitat types.
  • The plants are divided in habitat type, covering ferns, monocotyledon and dicotyledon plants.
  • Each species page contains a summarised description, a distribution map, available measurements of characteristic plant parts, flowering times, habitat preferences, general information, known medicinal properties and potential lookalike plants.
  • Scientifically correct plant names and historical synonyms.
  • Origin of the plantnames, which often include characteristics of the plant.
  • All available common names of the aquatic and wetland plants in indigenous languages.
  • Icons that enable the reader to easily identify habitat, indigenous or alien status, weed status and red data status.

About the authors:

  • Dr. CE van Ginkel is a freshwater scientist, with a Ph.D. in Botany. As a special scientist in the then Department of Water Affairs, she practiced aquatic science over several decades throughout South Africa. She was the coordinator of the National Eutrophication Program (NEMP) where the need for the first field guide on aquatic plants originated.
  • Dr. CJ Cilliers is a retired researcher with a Ph.D. in Entomology. She is known for her research on the biological control of insect pests and aquatic weeds, implementing biological control and integrated pest and weed management in South Africa and elsewhere. Her extensive experience in the biology and ecology of aquatic environments was invaluable in this publication.

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Special features:

The back of the book has three sections that adds considerable value to the book:

  • What’s in a name? is a section (unique in a book of this kind) which will fascinate readers by providing simple explanations of all the scientific names of the animals in the stories.
  • Make your own cardboard cut-out badges encourages readers to get involved with wildlife conservation.
  • Abygale’s Glossary provides simple explanations to some of the words and terms in each story.

RELEVANT TO THE CAPS CURRICULUM This book meets the goal of the curricula for both Grades 4-6 and for Grade 7 of the Secondary Phase by providing new knowledge and understandings of the ecological world in a refreshingly different way.


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