First Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa

These little guides are an invaluable resource for beginners
Pooley, Elsa
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First Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa

Author: Elsa Pooley
Struik Publishers
Cape Town, 1999
ISBN: 9781868722914
Paperback, 11x17 cm, 56 pages, throughout colour photos


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
• easy-to-read text
• suitable for the beginner naturalist
• each species is photographed

About the Author:

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.


What is a tree
Identifying trees
Distinctive trees
Further information
How to use this book
Species accounts
Further reading
Index and checklist


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
Sweet Thorn 11
Umbrella Thorn 2, 9, 12
Apple-leaf 38
Baobab 14
Monkey Orange, Black 51
Blue Guam 31
Buffalo Thorn 55
Cabbage Tree, Common 25
Cape Ash 28
Cape Chestnut 21
Coastal Red Milkwood 39
Coral Tree, Common 30
Cork Bush 7
Euphorbia, Common Tree 9, 3;
Fever Tree 13
Fig, Common Cluster 36
Common Wild 35
Large-leaved Rock 34
Flatcrown 15
Halfmens 7, 8
Jackal-berry 26
Karree 47
Kiaat 45
Manila 49
Mopane 22
Msasa 19
Natal Mahogany 54
Natal Wild Banana 5
Palm, Lala 6
Wild Date 42
Peeling Plane 5
Pod Mahogany 5
Pompon Tree 6
Quinine Tree 46
Quiver Tree 16
Red Bushwillow 23
Red-stem Corkwood 24
Sausage Tree 7
Shepherds Tree 18
Silver Clusterleaf 53
Sugarbush, Common 44
Tamboti 50
Wild Teak 45
Transvaal Beech 33
Transvaal Milkplum 29
Tree Pincushion 37
TreeWisteria 17
Waterberry 52
Weeping Boerbean 48
Weeping Wattle 41
White Stinkwood 20
Wild Gardenia 6
Wild Olive 40
Wild Pear 27
Yellowwood, Common 43
Outeniqua 43