Tree SA

The Trees of Southern Africa

Tree SA

The Trees of Southern Africa

Tree SA

The Trees of Southern Africa

This is My Story

My intention here is to provide interested persons with details that, due to space restraints, are not all available collectively in text books or on all websites at the moment. In brackets, I have included explanations for some of the fairly formidable vocabulary used in many descriptions. Even though I trained in Botany, I still found this a time-consuming task. Some of the websites are difficult for the non-professional to understand. I am also currently attempting to include more detailed flower descriptions and of pictures of leaves against the sun. Many of these photos are not in most text books or on the web. All photos can be enlarged.

So far, this has been completely my own effort and has taken since January 2014 to start up loading on the web. However, the photographic sections will never be complete and here you can help. If you send me your relevant pictures, any that are included on this web site will also be accompanied by your name. I would also include pictures of pollen grains and so on. Even though my training is in Botany, most of my pictures have been taken at botanical gardens or nature reserves where there is, hopefully, less chance of ID errors.

I have now had an inkling of what the many people have had to go through in preparing a text book and am very grateful for all their work – without which my task would have been almost impossible. I am also grateful to those who are tree custodians – I salute you all. Also, a special thank you to Jason Sampson whose enthusiasm inspired me to do this project. Thanks, is also due to Alice Notten who has patiently answered my many, many questions. Thanks also to Richard Boon, Robert H Archer, Alice Aubrey and Andrew Hankey for their encouragement and help with I.D. Finally, to my wife and family for their support – including Mark, my son, who organised the web site.

If you see any errors or have any questions or suggestions on what is shown, please provide me with feedback so that I can correct or extend the information provided. I have avoided saying where Cycads and other critically endangered species have been photographed or are located for security reasons.

Podocarpus elongatus

General Info The dioecious Trees may reach 6m high. Epicormic buds are present. Simple Leaves are narrowly elliptic. Female cones are solitary and the receptacle turns scarlet or purple. An epimatium encloses each Seed. Description Podocarpus elongatus, Taxus...
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Cussonia transvaalensis

General Info This evergreen Tree may reach 5m high and the grey, corky Trunk has visible leaf scars. The bipinnate Leaves have stipules present. The 5-merous, regular Flowers rest on spikes. Fruit is a drupe. Description Tree Cussonia transvaalensis. RSA Tree No....
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Gymnosporia buxifolia

General Info Tree is usually up to 3m high. Trunk becomes deeply fissured. Stems have single spines. Simple Leaves are obovate. Whitish Flowers are pungent, dioecious and 5-merous. Fruit is a capsule. Description Gymnosporia buxifolia Previous names: Maytenus...
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Searsia burchellii

General Info Tree is up to 5m high. Stem has distinctive lenticels. Trifoliate Leaves. The small, regular, 5-merous, unisexual Flowers are in panicles. Fruit is a small Drupe containing many kidney-shaped Seeds. Description Tree Searsia burchellii, Rhus burchellii,...
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