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South African Flowering Trees



South African Flowering Trees


By Rob Wood

Many books are written about trees, but few give a complete picture: what do they look like? Where do they come from? How do they grow? What are their uses for man, animals, birds and insects? How did they get these names and how have their names changed over time?

South African Flowering Trees - a botanical adventure through history acknowledges the many brave and resourceful early users and describers of the trees, plant collectors and explorers, whose intense interest has contributed to what we know today. The histories in this volume refer primarily to the written record, but wherever possible tribal knowledge of trees – originally passed on by word of mouth – is included, specifically uses for food, fuel, protection, medicine and magic.

South African Flowering Trees - a botanical adventure through history will excite anyone interested in South Africa’s natural heritage, whether they’re botanists, dendrologists, art lovers, Africana enthusiasts, historians, nature lovers or simply curious about their environment.

  • A selection of 25 indigenous South African trees
  • Full colour plate illustrations with detailed line drawings
  • Each tree’s history from earliest written and oral records
  • Descriptions of seasonal variations
  • Structure, nomenclature, history and practical uses
  • Accessible popular terminology

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