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By Braam Van Wyk

Включая 265 наиболее обычных южноафриканских дикорастущих вида, книга фокусируется на цветах, которых можно часто встретить вдоль дорог, на открытых пространствах, в национальных парках и на популярных прогулочных маршрутах. Книга дополнена исторической, медицинской и культурной информацией о характеризуемых цветах.
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Everything changed when I went to university in the late sixties. Flowers became my emblem and the power of flowers my mantra. Like many of my contemporaries, I was drawn to eastern religions, and after graduating travelled westwards around the world, paying an obligatory visit to Haight Ashbury in San Francisco, which still functioned as the faintly beating heart of the Flower Power generation. While I never wore flowers in my hair, I slept on somebody’s floor, ate a macrobiotic diet of brown rice and adzuki beans, and imagined – like everyone else – that I was changing the world.

I want to know where my flowers originated, when and how they gained their powers, what use men made of them in gardens, and how – or more truly why – their powers transmuted into art. Although the book was conceived and written in Europe, I have looked further afield wherever possible, tracking the ‘Aztec’ and ‘Inca’ sunflowers through Central and South America, for instance, and tulip fever into the flower’s Turkish heartlands where its consequences were particularly brutal. Some flowers are inevitably missing; had space permitted, I would like to have included western carnations, eastern peonies and chrysanthemums, and plants endemic to the southern hemi sphere, such as banksias, proteas and the waratah.

The lotus was in any case revered by the old philosophical and ethical traditions of Taoism and Confucianism. It was the flower beloved by He Xiangu (Ho Hsien-ku), the only woman among Taoism’s Eight Immortals who is commemorated by the tai chi movement, ‘The fair lady works the shuttles’; and it stood as the model for the ‘superior man’ in Confucian thought – a reputation that continued well into the twentieth century. Before China’s revolution, every schoolchild was expected to memorize these lines by the celebrated eleventh-century philosopher and cosmologist, Zhou Dunyi (Chou Tun-i): [The lotus] emerges from muddy dirt but is not contaminated; it reposes modestly above the clear water; hollow inside and straight outside, its stems do not struggle or branch.

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