Author: Richard Boon
This is a fully revised edition of the best seller TREES OF NATAL, ZULULAND AND TRANSKEI (1993, 4th Edition). It is a compact, yet amazingly extensive guide describing all the indigenous trees, shrubs and woody climbers found from East London in the Eastern Cape to Swaziland, north of KwaZulu-Natal. This is the second richest flora region in Africa. The field guide is also a useful reference for those interested in woody plants throughout southern Africa.
Richard Boon is responsible for all updating (research, photography, mapping and rewriting) of the successful original book by Elsa Pooley. The 625 pages of this new edition contain:
Accounts for 1100 species including most woody invasive alien species
Almost an entirely new set of photographs
Family and genus descriptions
Informative text facing the colour plates
Leaf line drawings
Flowering and fruiting seasons shown in flower and fruit side bars
Colour distribution maps
A new key and text which highlights diagnostic features
Ecological, gardening, medicinal and other uses notes
Scientific names and their derivations as well as English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa and Tonga names
The nine introductory pages provide a short and simplified description and photographs of some of the plant communities in the region in which woody vegetation is a significant component.