Pooley's Trees of Eastern South Africa by Richard Boon

Richard Boon
Flora and Fauna Publications Trust
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This is an 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 region that has the second richest flora in Africa. The photos are brilliantly done, mostly with multiple pictures per species focusing on the most characteristic aspects of each species.

Richard Boon fully updated the successful original book by Elsa Pooley including the research, photography, mapping and rewriting. The 625 pages of this new edition contain:

1100 species accounts including most woody invasive alien speciesAlmost an entirely new set of photographsFamily and genus descriptionsInformative text facing the colour platesLeaf line drawingsFlowering and fruiting seasons shown in flower and fruit side barsColour distribution mapsA new key and text which highlights diagnostic featuresEcological, gardening, medicinal and other uses notesScientific 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.