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Harry Bolus's chairs, shelves in lower level of Bolus Herbarium Library from stairs, books and new journal issues display shelf
Welcome to the Bolus Herbarium Library
The Bolus Herbarium Library owes its existence to Harry Bolus, a businessman, amateur botanist, and botanical artist, who, on his death in 1911, bequeathed his herbarium, his botanical library, and a large part of his fortune to the South African...
JSTOR Global Plants frontpage look
JSTOR Global Plants
The largest of its kind, Global Plants ( is a community-contributed database that features more than two million high resolution plant type specimen images and other foundational materials from the collections of hundreds of...
Disphyma crassifolium (L.) L.Bolus Page, Mary Maud.
Illustrations of Plant Species
Between 1911 and 1955 Mary Page and Beatrice Carter produced some 2,000 plus botanical illustrations. These works are highly regarded within the world of botanical illustrators and can be viewed in our digital collections.


Tuesday, 25 June 2019
Out there: A new system designed by postdoc Dr Rob Skelton (right) to describe drought strategies in plants will help conservationists understand the impact of future drought on biodiverse hotspots such as fynbos areas.
New system aids drought predictions in biodiverse regions

Climate-change-induced drought is threatening the world's biodiversity hotspots; but a new, standardisable system to describe drought strategies in plants will help conservationists understand the impact of future drought, says a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Publication Date:
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 - 09:30
Cape fires
Peninsula fires right on cue

As devastating as the ongoing fires around the Peninsula have been to property and tracts of nature reserve, regular fires every 15 years are critical to the rebirth of fynbos-dominated ecosystems, says fynbos ecologist Dr Adam West.

Publication Date:
Mon, 09 Mar 2015 - 09:30
World Wetlands Day logo
World Wetlands Day, 2 February

2 February each year is World Wetlands Day. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. The 2015 theme is "Wetlands for our Future."

Publication Date:
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 - 10:00
BAASA visit to Special Collections
Botanical Artists Association of South Africa View the Paintings of Arabella Elizabeth Roupell

Recently a group from the Botanical Artists Association of South Africa (BAASA) enjoyed an opportunity to view the paintings of Arabella Elizabeth Roupell (1817-1914) in Special Collections and Archives, Jagger Library, UCT.

Publication Date:
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 - 10:45