A Fynbos Year
Author(s): McMahon & Fraser
Publisher: New Africa Books
"The southern and south-western Cape, which has a richer plant life than that of the whole British Isles, forms one of the major floral kingdoms of the world, and is home to a wide variety of birds, mammals, reptiles and insects. In "A Fynbos Year", the author portrays a selection of the diversity of plant and animal life encountered in this region over the course of a year. This is not a land of large, conspicuous animals which typify much of southern Africa and after which visitors often hanker. The title demonstrates that small is beautiful and that a multitude of fascinating plants and animals awaits the patient observer. It also highlights present threats to fynbos, especially those posed by urban and agricultural development and invasion by alien plants; and outlines current research and conservation efforts."
From Botanical Society of South Africa
"In A Fynbos Year, Liz McMahon portrays a selection of the remarkable diversity of plant and animal life encountered in this region over the course of a year. Her beautiful illustrations are complemented by Michael Fraser's informative text. The result is both a visual delight and a comprehensive introduction to the world's smallest and richest floral kingdom."
Fynbos: South Africaâs Unique Floral Kingdom
Author(s): R. Cowling and D. Richardson
Publisher: Oxford Press, Cape Town, 1992
ISBN 1 874950 10 5
Photography by C. Paterson-Jones Beautifully illustrated in full colour throughout, this is a scientifically accurate guide to the fynbos biome â the Mediterranean-type vegetation of the Cape Floral Kingdom. With over 8,600 plant species (5,600 endemic) in 90,000 square kilometres, this region is one of the most floristically rich in the world.