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Trees of Southern Africa Hardcover – December, 2003


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  • Hardcover: 1000 pages
  • Publisher: Struik Pub; 3 edition (December 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1868723895
  • ISBN-13: 978-1868723898
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 2.8 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,780,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. van Rijckevorsel on June 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a botanical reference work on the trees of Southern Africa (mostly S-Africa & Rhodesia/Zimbabwe?). Its printing history speaks for itself. First published in 1977; second revised edition by Dr E.J.Moll in 1984, third impression 1988 (when 12 pages were added with updates on nomenclature); ninth impression in 1997. What can I add to that?
This is an identification key and reference work to Southern African trees, giving per species a short description, a distribution map and one (or more) line drawings of a detail, usually a leaf (sometimes a fruit, sometimes both. Upon occasion a tree habit). Names listed include full scientific name, in some cases synonyms, always an english name and usually an afrikaans name. There are close to a thousand pages of this, supplemented with over a hundred pages of color illustrations (both photographs and colored drawings).
Compared to some of the magnificently illustrated books on trees that are now available this work looks somewhat modest. However the absence of an abundance of photographs does mean that all these trees can be captured in a single binding of a handy size and weight, at a quite affordable price. [Might be due for an update, but I sure won't volunteer to undertake it. That would be a whole lot of work! ]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kushka53 on July 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book has been a classic for decades in the region. I first saw a copy in a park ranger's Land Rover years ago and found I couldn't put it down. It was indispensable so I went and got a copy--back when the region still had plenty of bookstores. I treasure it and have used in in East Africa also, where some of the trees' distribution range reaches. I highly recommend this book, whatever size it may become in future editions ("less is more" does NOT apply here!), at it truly is one of those rare books for amateurs and botanists alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Suma on September 2, 2013
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This is the definitive work on Southern African tress. Habitats, characteristics, no better book available!!! Cheap at the price and well written, well presented, too.
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By Tyrolean on August 16, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This third edition of the classic book on trees in southern Africa is indeed heavy and bulky (c. 2,4 kilo), but anyone who wishes to identify any tree they might come across will have to take this tome into the field. It deals with about 2000 species. Not many areas of high species richness can boast a complete book to all the trees in one volume. It contains a vegetative key of 43 pages to the families, which works really well and can be considered the heart of the book. The reader should be familiar with botanical descriptive terminology, although the terms are also explained and many of them illustrated. There are some photographs in the middle of the book, but anyone who wants to identify trees with the help of photos should buy another book. This one is for botanists and keen amateurs who are willing to carry the weight and to use the extensive keys. The distribution maps often help to narrow down the results at a few glimpses. Otherwise the species are exactly described in a quarter to a third of a page. The author points out possible confusion with other species and adds ethnobotanical and general remarks. This surely is one of the best tree books worldwide!
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