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Kalanchoe Crassulaceae in Southern Africa - Gideon F. Smith (Paperback)

Classification, Biology, and Cultivation

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18 Oct 2019
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Gideon F. Smith
Estrela Figueiredo
Abraham E. van Wyk
Classification, Biology, and Cultivation
Academic Pr
Number of Pages
235 x 191mm (235g)


Kalanchoe (Crassulaceae) in Southern Africa: Classification, Biology, and Cultivation provides a highly readable, illustrated account of the Kalanchoe species. The book includes an overview of the family Crassulaceae and genus Kalanchoe in global and subcontinental contexts that is followed by information on the taxonomic history of the genus. The characters and ecology of the species are also discussed, including their distribution ranges, where they occur, their habitat preferences, and where the species were formally recorded for the first time. For each indigenous and naturalized species, comprehensive taxonomic, descriptive and other information of interest is provided.

This is the must-have resource for plant scientists, plant taxonomists, ethnobotanists, herbarium curators, ecologists, pharmacologists, invasions scientists, horticulturalists and landscape designers.

  • Includes currently accepted scientific names and synonyms, common names in English, morphology, cytology, chemistry, toxicology, biogeography, pollination biology, dispersal, cultivation, biocultural applications, and more
  • Contains a dichotomous identification key and descriptions, providing much needed tools for accurate species identification
  • Provides an extensive sets of illustrations for all species


General Subject
BISAC Subject 1
Science / Life Sciences / Botany
BIC Classification 1
Botany & plant sciences
Dewey Classification

Author Bio

Having authored or co-authored over 50 books, and hundreds of scientific and popular papers, Gideon F. Smith is South Africa's most prolific author on succulents of the Old and New Worlds. He also has a keen interest in landscaping, gardens, and gardening. He is an Honorary Professor at the Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and a research associate at the University of Coimbra in Portugal. With a keen interest in the African flora and the succulents of the world, Estrela Figueiredo has authored or co-authored several hundred scientific and popular papers, and numerous books on aspects of the botany of the continent. She also has a keen interest in sustainable gardening. She is an Honorary Professor at the Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and a research associate at the University of Coimbra in Portugal. A plant taxonomist by training, but with a wide interest in the biodiversity of southern Africa, Abraham E. [Braam] van Wyk is an Emeritus Professor with more than 40 years of service to the University of Pretoria. He is a prolific researcher, and has authored or co-authored numerous publications on the botany of southern Africa, including several popular-scientific books on the wild flowers and trees of the region.