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The Aloe Names Book
by O. M. Grace, R. R. Klopper, E. Figueiredo, and G. F. Smith

Aloe Names book courtesy Kew This book is of special interest to aloe enthusiasts and growers, gardeners, botanists, succulent plant collectors, conservation agencies, natural resource managers, natural historians interested in ethnobotany and plant use, and field researchers.

The genus Aloe is arguably one of Africa’s most iconic and valued plant genera. It is immensely popular among succulent plant collectors and horticulturalists, and is also the source of several commercially used natural products.

The Aloe Names book brings together, for the first time, information on the current taxonomy of each species, the plethora of common names by which aloes are known globally, derivative natural products, as well as hundreds of historical names and the richly descriptive meanings of Latin names used for aloes. Lists of common names, synonyms and aloe-derived products allow quick and easy searching. The text includes an introduction to aloes, comprehensive reference list and colour photographs.

Contents include:

First compilation of all the names applied to the popular succulent plant genus Aloe
Over 1,500 common names in languages from around the globe
Up-to-date taxonomic information, including Latin names, synonyms and etymology
Searches available for Latin species name, common name or Aloe-derived products
Quality colour photographs of 303 species, over 50% of the entities included in the genus
Essential reference for growers, researchers and agencies responsible for trade in endangered species

Olwen M. Grace is a botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in the United Kingdom and holds a Marie Curie Fellowship at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

Ronell R. Klopper is a plant taxonomist and manager of the Aloes of the World Project at the South African National Biodiversity Institute in Pretoria, South Africa. She also curates the aloe family (Asphodelaceae) at the National Herbarium in Pretoria (PRE).

Estrela Figueiredo is a plant taxonomist and research associate at the Department of Botany, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and also attached to the University of Coimbra in Portugal. Her interests include plant systematics and floristics of tropical and southern Africa.

Gideon F. Smith is Chief Director for Biosystematics Research and Biodiversity Collections at the South African National Biodiversity Institute and also associated with the University of Coimbra in Portugal. He holds the John Acocks Professorial Chair in the Department of Plant Science at the University of Pretoria. He has authored numerous books and papers on biosystematics, floristics and taxonomy.

Publisher: The South African National Biodiversity Institute and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Publication Date: October 2011
Pages: 240
Illustrations: 313 colour photographs
ISBN: 978 1 84246 419 9
Purchase at Kew

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