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Links to other web sites
This list of external web sites is provided in case they are of interest to members and the SABG takes no responsibility for their accuracy. Inclusion does not imply endorsement or recommendation by the SABG. The SABG does not own them and cannot control or check their contents. Please let us know if you have any comments about their usefulness or suggestions for additional sites to include in this list.
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Societies, associations and other organisations
- A-Z Photographic Database of Southern African Bulbous Plants (http://appliedmaths.sun.ac.za/~herbst/IBSA/) managed by The Indigenous Bulb Association of South Africa (IBSA)
- IBSA Indigenous Bulb Association of South Africa, Inheemse Bolplant Vereniging van Suid-Afrika (http://www.safricanbulbs.org.za/) seems to be offline [28 March 2018]
- but recent activities can be found, such as
- the 2017 Symposium at Goudini Spa: http://www.capetownbotanist.com/ibsa-bulb-corm-symposium-goudini-spa/
- a compendium of photographs, apparently lacking any information: http://appliedmaths.sun.ac.za/~herbst/IBSA/
- The International Bulb Society formerly at www.bulbsociety.org appears not to be available [28 March 2018] and, bizarrely, seems to have been taken over by a French home improvement and gardening blog [1 October 2018]
- Keith’s Plant Books (http://www.keithsplantbooks.co.uk/) Supplier of a wide range of plant books. Click on “African Plants” or “Bulbs etc.” on the left of his page
- Nerine & Amaryllid Society (NAAS) (www.nerineandamaryllidsociety.co.uk/)
- Société Française des Iris et plantes Bulbeuses (SFIB) in French (http://www.iris-bulbeuses.org), but has a button on the right allowing you to select your preferred language as provided by Google Translate (including Afrikaans, Welsh, Yiddish, etc., so presumably automatic translation in at least some cases) (English translation by Google])
- Southern African Bulb Group (SABG) (https://www.sabg.tk) The group which provides these web pages, included here for completeness (and in case someone copies this list!)
Enthusiasts' web sites
- Exbury Nerine and Lachenalia Collection (http://www.nerines.com/) Nicholas de Rothschild and Theo Herselman have built up an extensive collection of these plants, which are exhibited periodically at Exbury Gardens near Beaulieu, Hampshire, and some of which can be ordered via the web site. Includes cultivation hints and many photos of named varieties of Nerine sarniensis and species and forms of Lachenalia.
- Massonia (http://www.massonia.com) Bert Zaalberg’s collection (in Leiden, the Netherlands) and web gallery with very nice photos of S.A. bulbs (not just Massonias), various succulents (especially mesembryanthemums) and other plants, with concise cultivation tips for Massonia. See the Contacts page to email for a list of current stock for sale.
- Paul Lewis‘s web-site (https://www.paullewis-plantbreeder.co.uk/): the “BLOG” page describes and illustrates the results of his Crocosmia and Gladiolus breeding. Contact him through his “ABOUT” page to ask how to acquire his plants.
- Terry Smale‘s web site (https://www.smale-conophytum.co.uk) includes sections on cultivation and sales of South African bulbs
- The African Garden (http://www.theafricangarden.com) Culture, photography, identification, research, horticultural promotion and conservation of Southern African Bulbs and their hybrids, by David Fenwick (“The site now contains over 870 pages and 2,500 images of South and Southern African Bulbs and Plants”)
Web forums and blogs
Bulb and seed suppliers
in the UK
- Anglia Bulb Company (https://www.angliabulbs.com/) general bulb sales, including a few South African species.
- Cotswold Garden Flowers (https://www.cgf.net/) Bob Brown’s nursery includes many South African bulbs, but not all are for sale (maybe depends on the time of year).
- Desirable Plants (http://www.desirableplants.com) Sarah & Julian Sutton run the Desirable Plants nursery in Totnes, but the web-site doesn’t seem to have been updated since January 2014; they used to have a special web site for their South African bulbs (www.southafricanbulbs.com) which appears to have expired [10 April 2018]
- Himalayan Gardens (himalayangardens.com) Although, as the name suggests, they do not specialise in South African bulbs, there are a few interesting species listed and illustrated on their web-site, including some Amaryllidaceae. Himalayan Gardens Ltd., Inshewan Estate, Inshewan by Forfar, Angus, Scotland DD8 3TU, UK, tel: +44 (0)1414 163 536, email: email@example.com
- Rare Plants (https://rareplants.co.uk) a small company based in Wrexham, in North Wales, founded in 1972 by Paul Christian, who is still the director, and specialising in bulbous and similar plants, including terrestrial orchids. In 1985 the nursery moved to a lower altitude on the alluvial plain to the north of Wrexham, a site more suited to bulb cultivation. Bulbs may be bought from their web site, or printed lists are available from RarePlants, P.O. Box 468, WREXHAM LL13 9XR, UK, tel: +44 (0)1978 366 399
- R.V. Roger Ltd. (http://www.rvroger.co.uk) An extensive range of over 16,000 plants, bulbs and seeds, including many South African bulbs formerly the stock of The Bulb Nursery run by Rupert Bowlby, a late member of the SABG. RV Roger Ltd., The Nurseries, Malton Road (A169), Pickering, North Yorkshire YO18 7JW, UK tel: +44 (0)1751 472226 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Terry Smale: See the entry for his web site in the “Enthusiast’s web sites” section above
- Tale Valley Nursery (the web site www.talevalleynursery.co.uk is not working, but they still seem to be attending plant fairs in 2018) A small specialist nursery with alpines, bulbs, herbaceous woodland plants and ferns, including a selection of winter and summer growing South African bulbs, with the National Collection of Rhodohypoxis and x Rhodoxis. Chris and Lorraine Birchall, Tale Valley Nursery, Barratt’s Cottage, Clyst Hydon, Cullompton, Devon EX15 2NQ, UK, tel: +44 (0)1884 277614, email: email@example.com
outside the UK
- African Bulbs (http://www.africanbulbs.com) Cameron and Rhoda McMaster: “Suppliers of South African Bulbs and Seed by Mail Order and providers of guided Botanical Tours for clients wishing to view the unique and exciting South African Flora in wild habitats. Our small bulb nursery is situated in Napier, a village between Caledon and Bredasdorp in the Western Cape.”
- Cape Seed (https://www.capeseedandbulb.com) Jim Holmes in Stellenbosch near Cape Town, who has been growing and supplying South African bulbs (especially Clivia cultivars) for more than 30 years, world wide
- Massonia See the entry for Bert Zaalberg’s web site in the “Enthusiast’s web sites” section above
- Shire Bulbs (http://www.shirebulbs.co.za) Bulbs, mostly indigenous to the Eastern Cape: Rob Scott, Shire Bulbs, Stutterheim, Eastern Cape 4930, South Africa, tel: +27 (0)43 683 2452
- Silverhill Seeds (http://silverhillseeds.co.za) frequently supplies seeds and books to the UK and other countries
- Telos Rare Bulbs (http://www.telosrarebulbs.com) Primarily a California nursery, but their web-site has names and pictures of many South African species
Southern African Floras
Although these are intended primarily for botanists, they often contain photographs, detailed descriptions, localities, etc. I have also provided some links to bulb families within the Floras1), where available)
- There are several excellent web Floras sharing common organisers and software, linked to Kew, which cover the countries to the north of South Africa which were part of the area of the Flora Zambesiaca project:
- Flora of Zimbabwe (https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/index.php)
Monographs of plant groups including South African bulbs
“Floras” as listed above are scientific accounts of all the plants of a given area, whereas “monographs” are scientific accounts of the plants of a particular taxonomic group, such as a genus or family.
The Plant List
The Plant List is a working list of all known plant species. It aims to be comprehensive for species of Vascular plant (flowering plants, conifers, ferns and their allies) and of Bryophytes (mosses and liverworts).
Collaboration between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Missouri Botanical Garden enabled the creation of The Plant List by combining multiple checklist data sets held by these institutions and other collaborators. The Plant List http://www.plantlist.org
Some families containing bulbous plants in The Plant List: