Guide to Trees Introduced into South Africa

Hugh Glen, Braam van Wyk

Features 580 species of some 2,000 non-native trees in South Africa; arranged in groups based on leaf/stem features; detailed text and colour photographs showing diagnostic features.
Date Published :
October 2016
Publisher :
Penguin Random House South Africa
Series :
Field Guides
Illustration :
Color photographs throughout
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ISBN : 9781775841258
Pages : 464
Dimensions : 7 X 6 inches
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Southern Africa has at least 2,000 alien tree species being cultivated in the region. Such nonnative trees are predominantly associated with home gardens, parks and open spaces, and form a familiar part of our urban landscape. This guide features more than 580 of these species, logically arranged into 43 groups based on easy-to-observe leaf and stem features.

Each species account includes: full-color photographs of the plant’s diagnostic parts; concise text describing key identification features, flowering time, duration, drought hardiness and practical uses of the plants; and maps showing cold tolerance for each plant. This handy guide should prove fascinating to all plant enthusiasts.

About The Author

Hugh Glen worked as a scientist at the Botanical Research Institute (later SANBI) for 36 years and is a member of the IUBS Commission for the Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants. He has authored a number of publications and academic papers.

Braam van Wyk is a member of the lecturing staff at the University of Pretoria, where he is a professor in the Department of Plant Science. He did his tertiary training at the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education and the University of Pretoria. Braam is a plant taxonomist and has authored or co-authored numerous publications on the botany of southern Africa, including several books. Among his published works are Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Highveld (Struik, 1997), How to Identify Trees in Southern Africa (Struik, 2007) and Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa (Struik, 2013).

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