Book title: Le Roux and Müller’s Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of Namibia
Authors: Piet le Roux; Mike Müller; Coleen Mannheimer; Barbara Curtis
Publisher: MacMillan Education
Windhoek, Namibia 2009
Softcover, 17x24 cm, 526 pages, throughout colour photos
This is an indispensable handbook for plant enthusiasts in Namibia. Revised and expanded by Coleen Mannheimer and Barbara Curtis this photographic guide to trees and shrubs of Namibia includes descriptions of and keys to over 400 species.
Many of the species, particularly the shrubs, are not covered by other tree guides for the region. As far as possible, photographs of every aspect of each plant - habit, bark, leaf, flower and fruit - have been included to facilitate species identification. Keys to families, genera and species are provided, as well as hints on field identification, habitat and uses.
As long ago as 1973, Mr Piet le Roux, the first Professional Forester in the then South West Africa wrote a detailed guide to the trees and larger shrubs of Namibia. He was based in Grootfontein, and found the felling of an estimated 4 million indigenous trees for the Tsumeb and Abenab mines of particular concern, noting that they were speedily replaced by invasive species such as Dichrostachys cinerea and Acacia mellifera. […]