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Author: Elsa Pooley
Sasol First Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa is a fascinating guide to the trees of the subcontinent.
Through full-colour photographs, distribution maps and easy-to-read text, the beginner and budding naturalist will be able to identify the more common trees that grow in southern Africa, discover where they are found, and leam about their unique features.
These little guides are an invaluable resource for the beginner, providing information at a glance through superb photographs, maps and easy-to-read text.
• handy pocket size
Elsa Pooley is the author and editor of two major botanical field guides, Field Guide to Trees of KwaZulu-Natal and Field Guide to Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal.
She has set up the Natal Flora Trust which published these books. Elsa is a successful botanical artist who has illustrated plants for scientific journals and exhibited and sold her paintings privately.
Trees play a vital role in the environment and are a distinctive feature of many landscapes. They hold soil and prevent heavy water runoff thereby reducing soil erosion.
Trees also provide food and shelter for animals, insects and man and shade and support for other plants; they absorb carbon dioxide and they produce the oxygen we breathe. They also beautify our gardens and cities and provide people with fuel, building materials, furniture, household implements, medicines and manufactured goods, such as paper and rubber.
Learning about trees can be exciting and very interesting. It can be pursued almost anywhere, with the added bonus that trees do not run or fly away! This book introduces the reader to a selection of the larger, more common or attractive trees found in southern Africa.
It is hoped that the descriptions of the 55 species in this book will encourage further study and enable the reader to identify trees with ease in the field.
Acacia, Camel Thorn 10