Ad hoc publications


These publications may have botanical or zoological subject matter, but do not contain any original research or new information, and therefore cannot be published as numbers in the Strelitzia or Suricata. These are books that need to be de-branded for various reasons, e.g. publications commissioned by the Department of Environmental Affairs, and books that do not quite fit the scientific journal format of the aforementioned journals or the SANBI Biodiversity Series, for example coffee table books, informative booklets and garden guides.


Author: Francois du Randt
Publication date: 2018

Maputaland in the northeast corner of KwaZulu-Natal lies at the southern end of one of the largest coastal plains in Africa. It is a beautiful area and incredibly species rich, with high levels of plant and animal endemism. The sand forest of Maputaland is especially unique in its biological diversity, geological history and vegetation dynamics. This book provides a comprehensive natural historical overview of Maputaland, covering subjects such as: early explorers and inhabitants, topography and hydrology, climate, geology, soils, effect of fires, the biotic environment and vegetation. The sand forest of Maputaland is discussed in detail, with information about the differences between the various forest types, the soils of the sand forest, allelopathy, the origin of sand forest, the surrounding vegetation, as well as the fauna and flora of the sand forest. Information about the fauna and flora of the Maputaland Sand Forest is given in a narrative format, where interesting plants and animals are discussed in chapters titled, amongst others, ‘The magical ordeal tree’, ‘Torches in the forest’, ‘Sherbets and bushbabies’, ‘The deadman’s tree’, ‘Climbers and owls’ and ‘The winged-fruited ones’. Information is also provided about marine sediments and fossils, as well as about accommodation, reserves and leopards of the region. Information for plants and animals discussed includes a short description, the scientific and vernacular names (and origin or meanings of these names), as well as interesting uses and interactions. Hard cover. 250 × 250 mm. pp. 428.

ISBN 978-1-928224-26-6
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Author: O.A. Leistner
Publication date: 2018

‘A man upright and tenacious of purpose’
A life, almost Old Testament long, rich and multifaceted, touching several generations of students and lovers of plants, and of men, women and children in need of help; a man as seen through the eyes of his colleagues, acquaintances, family members and friends. Thus begin this 40 page long booklet about the life and works of Dr Bernard de Winter and his wife Mayda. Compiled by Dr O.A. Leistner, lifelong colleague and friend of Dr de Winter, full of anecdotes and interesting facts. Well worth a read. Soft cover. 148 x 210 mm. pp. 40.

ISBN 978-1-928224-30-3
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Author: M.K. Marumo
Publication date: 2018

Invasive alien plants are a real problem in Botswana. They impose negative impacts such as the choking of rivers, lowering crop yields, spoiling the natural beauty of landscapes and they use a lot of underground water, thus reducing the available amount of water for other plants and humans. A lot of funds are needed to control and eradicate them, so early detection and control of these species are imperative. These plants are usually introduced intentionally as ornamentals and crops, or unintentionally through dispersal of seeds by wind, water, humans and animals. This book is an outcome of observation or monitoring of invasive alien plants in Gaborone, the capital city of Botswana. Several invasive alien plants have been observed in Gaborone. They have been recorded from riverbeds, beside roads, in disturbed areas, in open spaces, around residential areas, around business areas and other places in the city. The purpose of this booklet is to help members of the community, law enforcers and researchers interested in management of invasive alien plants with these species’ identification. This book documents 16 invasive alien plants observed in Gaborone from 2013 to 2017. Continuous monitoring is necessary to gather more data on these and other invasive alien species. Soft cover. 180 x 260 mm. pp. 28.

ISBN 978-1-928224-24-2
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Editor: D. Raimondo
Publication date: 2015

South Africa is signatory to the Convention on Biological Diversity and is committed to the implementation of a national strategy to conserve plants that aligns with the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC). With 6% of the world’s plant diversity and strong botanical and conservation capacity, South Africa is well placed to make a significant contribution to plant conservation globally. This document presents South Africa’s National Strategy for Plant Conservation. It includes 16 outcome oriented targets, each of which, if implemented well, will help lead to improved conservation of South Africa’s plants. The targets include work that ranges from the description, assessment and conservation (in situ and ex situ) of South Africa’s plants; to work on the sustainable utilisation of plant species. In South Africa, plant conservation is not done in isolation of other biodiversity conservation work. This National Strategy for Plant Conservation aligns with South Africa’s updated National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan. Each of the outcomes in this plant strategy is either directly represented or nested under one of the activities of the NBSAP. Under the leadership of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (the focal point for the implementation of the GSPC nationally), and with support from the Botanical Society of South Africa, a network of botanists and conservationists has been developed that includes conservation agencies, NGOs and academic institutions. It is this strong network that will ensure that South Africa’s National Strategy for Plant Conservation is implemented by 2020. Soft cover, A4, pp. 84.

ISBN: 978-1-928224-04-4
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Authors: A.M. Isaiah & T. Komi
Publication date: 2015

Thirty-three grass species found to occur in the Botswana National Botanical Garden during a three-month long survey in the summer of 2012 are presented in this guide. Each species is illustrated by a photograph of a herbarium specimen, supplemented by some short notes on its morphology, its habitat and the frequency with which the species occur in the garden. The species are arranged alphabetically according to scientific names and English and Tswana common names are also provided. All specimens illustrated in this guide are available in the National Herbarium of Botswana (GAB) in Gaborone. Soft cover, A4, pp. 36.

ISBN: 978-1-928224-10-5
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Authors: D. Raimondo, K. Grieve, N. Helme, R. Koopman & I. Ebrahim
Publication date: 2013

South Africa has the highest documented number of extinct plant species of any country in the world. As a result of human destruction of natural areas for agriculture and urban development, as well as the spread of invasive alien plants and illegal harvesting of plants for horticultural and medicinal trade, 2 553 plant species are currently threatened with extinction. This publication focuses on 100 of these plants, some of which are on the brink of extinction, with the aims of highlighting the factors threatening their survival and raising awareness of the actions required for their conservation. Published by the South African National Biodiversity Institute in 2013. Hard cover. 257 × 254 mm. pp. vii + 208.

ISBN: 978-1-919976-87-7
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Authors: M. Freiberg & J. Manning
Publication date: 2013

The Core Cape Floristic Region comprises an estimated 9 383 species of vascular plants in 997 genera and 178 families. Available literature provides some guidance on roughly where to go to best explore this remarkably diverse and charismatic flora, but until now it has been nearly impossible to get a more exact idea of where to find the richest concentrations of species. This collection of floristic maps visualises the distribution of the Cape Flora at the taxonomic levels of family and genus, making it simpler for conservationists, botanists and tourists to identify centres of diversity and species richness within the region.

ISBN: 978-1-919976-85-3
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Authors: A. Driver, K.J. Sink, J.L. Nel, S. Holness, L. van Niekerk, F. Daniels, Z. Jonas, P.A. Majiedt, L. Harris & K. Maze
Publication date: 2012

This report presents the results of South Africa’s National Biodiversity Assessment 2011. The NBA 2011 follows on the National Spatial Biodiversity Assessment 2004, broadening the scope of the assessment to include key thematic issues as well as a spatial assessment. It fulfils a core aspect of SANBI’s mandate: to monitor and report on the state of South Africa’s biodiversity. The assessment covers the terrestrial, freshwater, estuarine and marine environments, as well as species of special concern and invasive alien species.

The NBA provides headline indicators of the state of South Africa’s ecosystems, and highlights the crucial role of ecological infrastructure in providing ecosystems services that underpin social and economic development. It presents new work on geographic areas that contribute to climate change resilience, and reflect the enormous progress made since 2004 in mapping and assessing biodiversity in aquatic environments. In includes a summary of spatial biodiversity priority areas that have been identified through systematic biodiversity plans at national, provincial and local level.

The NBA is led by the South African National Biodiversity Institute in partnership with a range of organisations. It represents a collaborative effort to translate best available science into policy-relevant indicators and information that can inform action and support wise decision-making in the biodiversity sector and beyond. Soft cover. A4. pp. 1 98.

ISBN 978-1-919976-72-3
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Authors: Prepared by the Government of South Africa
Publication date: 2010

South Africa’s protected area network falls short of sustaining biodiversity and ecological processes. In this context, the goal of the National Protected Area Expansion Strategy is to achieve cost-effective protected area expansion for ecological sustainability and increased resilience to climate change. This document highlights ways in which we can become more efficient and effective in allocating the scarce human and financial resources available for protected area expansion. It sets targets for protected area expansion, provides maps of the most important areas for protected area expansion, and makes recommendations on mechanisms for protected area expansion. Soft cover. A 4. pp. vi + 41.

ISBN 978-1-919976-55-6
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