Natal Drakensberg bulbs
Fri, 02 May 2008 03:13:41 PDT
Hi All,

Just received today my second hand copy of : Flowers of the Natal Drakensberg: The lily, iris and orchid families and their allies - Hilliard O. M. 1990 (ordered on

Most interesting small book (85 pp. - leaflet format), note quite because of the illustrations (small size photographs and only 8 species illustrated, line drawings for?many species), but rather the good description and information about the living conditions (environment and elevation). The flora is treated by genus and for each genus the most common Berg species are discussed... I found it an easy introduction to the most interesting geophyte flora of the Berg...

For those interested in the Drakensberg flora and wish to go further I shall also recommand the two following books:

Olive Hilliard &?Bill Burt (1987). The Botany of the Southern Natal Drakensberg. Annals of the Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens, volume 15, 253 pp., National Botanic Gardens Ed.

Elsa Pooley (2003). Mountain Flowers. A field Guide to the Flora of the Drakensberg and Lesotho. 320 pp., Flora Publication Trust, Natal Herbarium, Durban.

I believe the first of the two is now out of print but can also be obtained at a decent price from


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