Magic is not too strong a term for the appeal of this unique group of plants, the Mesembs. Radiant in flower and highly diverse in form and stature, this group includes plants as small as wheat grains or as big as a rhinoceros. Their fruits are as complex as any in the floral kingdom or as simple as saltshakers. Mesembs have captured the imagination of botanists, horticulturalists and travellers for many centuries. This title is a must for anyone who want to experience the magic of mesembs.