Books for Nature Lovers
Photo Guide to Trees Of Southern Africa
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Review By: Game and Hunt - February 2009

This revised edition of Photo Guide to Trees of Southern Africa is an invaluable identification and reference guide to 300 of the more common tree species in the region, both native and naturalised. Features of the revised edition include:

  • Descriptive accounts highlighting the most important field identification characters.
  • Full-colour photographs illustrating growth form, flowers, fruit and bark of the various species.
  • Up-to-date distribution maps showing the range of each species in southern Africa.
  • Information on habitat preference of each species and uses by man.
  • Reference to similar and closely related species and how they can be distinguished.
  • Introductory chapters on biomes and trees; fruit trees; furniture and craftwork; firewood; medicinal and poisonous trees; trees and animals; architecture of trees; identifying trees.


The authors: Braam van Wyk is professor in botany at the University of Pretoria. He is an authority on the classification of southern African trees and has a special interest in plant geography. The late Piet van Wyk was a biologist who worked for three decades as a researcher in the Kruger National Park. He authored several popular books on southern African trees. Ben-Erik van Wyk is professor of botany at the Johannesburg University. He is an authority on systematic botany and indigenous plant use. 

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