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.

Combretum microphyllum

General Info This Tree is up to 4m high and is often a climber.  Simple, entire Leaves lack stipules and appear after the bisexual, regular Flowers, which are in spikes with red sepals, petals and stamens.  Fruit is usually 4 winged. Description Combretum...
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Terminalia sericea

General Info Tree is up to 16m high. The simple, entire Leaves are estipulate and shine in the sun. The whitish, actinomorphic Flowers lack petals and are in spikes. Fruit is a samara with 2-winged Seeds. Description Tree Terminalia sericea: RSA Tree No. 551. Common...
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Gardenia volkensii

General Info Small Tree. Obovate Leaves with a decurrent base. Large, white, night Flowers occur singly. Large, indehiscent Fruit with hard, protruding lenticels. Small, flat Seeds in pulp. Description Gardenia volkensii Previous name: Gardenia spathulifolia RSA Tree...
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Acacia ataxacantha

Tree to 15m with furrowed trunk with single scattered recurved thorns. Leaves are bipinnate. The creamy white flowers are small and in spikes. Each has many protruding stamens. Fruit is an initially red pod.

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