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.

Acacia erioloba, Vachellia erioloba

General Info Tree to 10+m high. Bipinnate Leaves have spinescent stipules. Tiny actinomorphic Flowers with exserted stamens are in golden yellow spherical spikes. Fruit: distinctive ear-shaped pod. Description Acacia erioloba, Vachellia erioloba, Acacia giraffe RSA...
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Dais cotinifolia

General Info This Tree is usually up to 7m high.  Simple, opposite Leaves lack stipules.  Persistent inflorescence subtended by bracts. Small bisexual, regular Flowers.  Sepals resemble absent petals.  Tiny Seeds. Description Dais cotinifolia. RSA Tree No. 521. Common...
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Searsia leptodictya

General Info Tree is usually up to 5m high and the dark trunk is longitudinally furrowed. Leaves are trifoliate.  The dioecious, regular Flowers are 5-merous. Fruit: diamond shaped Drupe + reniform Seeds. Description Tree Searsia leptodictya, Rhus leptodictya, Rhus...
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Cussonia natalensis

General Info. This Tree is up to 6m+ high.  Leaves are simple but have up to 5 deep lobes.  Unpleasantly scented Flowers are greenish yellow, 5-merous and in spikes.  The small Fruit is glabrous, fleshy and in spikes. Description Cussonia natalensis RSA Tree No. 562....
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