100 Trees to see on Safari in East Africa

Quentin Luke, Henk Beentje

Focuses on 100 common trees that can be seen in East Africa's parks and reserves. A brief introduction to the region and its habitats is followed by concise species descriptions highlighting key ID features such as bark, leaves, flowers and fruit, and commercial and traditional uses; entries are grouped by habitat and incorporate some 400 images.
Date Published :
October 2020
Publisher :
Penguin Random House South Africa
Illustration :
400 illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781775845492
Pages : 160
Dimensions : 8.26 X 5.83 inches
Stock Status : In stock


East Africa is one of the world’s premier wildlife regions, well known for its mass migrations of herds and the dramatic predators that accompany them. As iconic are the trees that grow here – some endemic to the region and almost all identified with the plains and slopes of this land, stretching from the muggy coast, through grasslands and up to the cold, dry reaches of high mountain peaks. Among them are mangroves, cycads and palms; marulas, acacias and sausage trees; fever trees, toothbrush trees and giant bamboos and heaths.

This book presents some 100 of the region’s most visible and significant tree species, arranged by vegetation zone. Multiple images of each species showing key ID features, such as bark, leaves, flowers and fruit, are teamed with concise descriptions, where to see the trees, calendar bars indicating flowering months, interesting notes about their uses – both medicinal and practical – and the myths and legends they have generated.

Colorful, interesting and geared for quick tree identification, this handy guide will help visitors and locals alike make the most of East African safaris.

About The Author

Quentin Luke is a freelance botanical consultant and serves as a senior research associate attached to the East African Herbarium, National Museums of Kenya, in Nairobi. He is a world authority on tropical African botany and has worked in 12 tropical African countries. He is Chair of the IUCN-SSC Eastern African Red List Authority charged with assessing the conservation status of all plants of this region and for many years was a member of the international Plants Committee of CITES. He has been an elected Honorary Research Associate of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London. In 2013 he was awarded the David Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration and in 2015 the Harry Messel Award for Conservation Leadership by the IUCN-SSC.

Henk Beentje was based at the National Museums of Kenya for five years, and at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, for 25. He is the author of Kenya Trees, Shrubs and Lianas, and co-authored The Palms of Madagascar and field guides to the trees of Mali and Burkina Faso.


1. Coast
2. Dry bushland
3. Savanna/Woodland
4. Riverine/Wetter habitats
5. Dry forest
6. Moist forest
7. High mountains

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