OUT OF STOCK: South African Flowering Trees - A botanical adventure through history by Rob Wood
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Many books are written about trees, but few give a complete picture: what do they look like? Where do they come from? How do they grow? What are their uses for man, animals, birds and insects? How did they get these names and how have their names changed over time?   

South African Flowering Trees - a botanical adventure through history acknowledges the many brave and resourceful early users and describers of the trees, plant collectors and explorers, whose intense interest has contributed to what we know today. The histories in this volume refer primarily to the written record, but wherever possible tribal knowledge of trees – originally passed on by word of mouth is included, specifically uses for food, fuel, protection, medicine and magic.

South African Flowering Trees - a botanical adventure through history will excite anyone interested in South Africa’s natural heritage, whether they’re botanists, dendrologists, art lovers, Africana enthusiasts, historians, nature lovers or simply curious about their environment.

  • A selection of 25 indigenous South African trees

  • Full colour plate illustrations with detailed line drawings

  • Each tree’s  history  from earliest written and oral records

  • Descriptions of seasonal  variations

  • Structure, nomenclature, history and practical uses

  • Accessible popular terminology

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Millicent Frean (1927 – 2010) was a research botanist and lecturer in botany at the University of the Witwatersrand. In retirement she focused on developing her botanical art and attended courses with several internationally-acclaimed botanical artists. Millicent exhibited her paintings at the Gertude Posel and the Everard Read galleries in Johannesburg. Her work was selected for the Inaugural Kirstenbosch International Exhibition of Botanical Art in 2000 and at several subsequent Biennales. South African Flowering Trees – a botanical adventure through history is a series of charming illustrations of flowering trees, combining botanical accuracy with the joy of botanical beauty. Sadly, Millicent died soon after completing the planned selection of twentyfive watercolour paintings.

Sandie Burrows is a qualified field botanist and horticulturalist who has travelled extensively throughout South Africa collecting and illustrating botanical specimens. She has exhibited internationally and illustrated numerous scientific papers, university theses, information brochures and books including Southern African Ferns & Fern Allies; Figs of Southern & South-central Africa; The Trees and Shrubs of Mpumalanga and the Kruger National Park; Plants of the Nyika Plateau; Flora of the Witwatersrand and Ferns of Southern Africa. Sandie works primarily in pen and ink, but also in watercolour. She was awarded the Bronze Medal at the Inaugural Kirstenbosch International Exhibition of Botanical Art in 2000.

about the author - Rob Wood

Rob Wood has always been interested in nature, having spent part of his childhood in rural areas of South Africa. During his schooldays he worked in the home garden, growing flowers, vegetables and trees. After finishing school, and a few years of work and university study, he travelled overseas. While hiking in the English countryside, he met a fellow hiker, Janet. The following year, they were married in South Africa, and have since jointly pursued their interests in the natural world. On his retirement from the banking world, he undertook voluntary work in the herbarium of the University of the Witwatersrand. While there, he studied the rich collection of old and new botanical volumes in the Herbarium library, and other libraries of the University. It was here that he met Millicent Frean and they set out to write and illustrate 'South African Flowering Trees – a botanical adventure through history'. Rob’s publications include an introductory and explanatory discussion of an early Herbal, 'De Materia Medica' by Pedanios Dioscorides, and a catalogue of botanical works written before the twentieth century held in the libraries of the University of the Witwatersrand.