20 February 2013

Peering into botanical history

  Some fascinating reading from the March 1980 issue of Veld & Flora. I had no idea that Victor Peers was also a botanist, albeit an amateur one.
  The illustration below by Vicki Thomas is from page 399 of Graham Duncan's beautiful new book on The genus Lachenalia (Kew Publishing) showing Lachenalia peersii, looking, as the article states, like Lily of the Valley. It is restricted to a short stretch of southern Cape coastline extending form the mouth of the Palmiet River in the west , to Hermanus in the east. It is assessed as Vulnerable due to coastal housing development.

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