Trees of Southern Africa - by Keith Coates Palgrave

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Trees of Southern Africa - by Keith Coates Palgrave

Post by okie » Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:44 pm

Certainly a book to have on your shelf :
Trees of Southern Africa - by Keith Coates Palgrave . . First edition published 1977 .
Review of 3rd Edition 2002 :
Palgrave's Trees has found its way onto almost every bookshelf in southern Africa and after more than 20 years on the market (and through 10 reprints) has become the tree bible -- unquestioned in its authority. In spite of its popularity, it has long been in need of a thorough revision and updating. Meg Coates Palgrave brings practical experience and a vast knowledge to this task (assisted and advised by Prof. Braam van Wyk, acting as consultant) The book will be fully updated to include all name changes, reclassifications, and also new species. This new edition will include all the species of trees, both indigenous and introduced, known to occur in Africa south of the Zambezi; an updated botanical description and distribution map for all indigenous species; drawings of a typical leaf and/or fruit of every species for easy identification; English and Afrikaans common names; the medicinal and poisonous properties of trees, their association with magic and folklore -- and even their economic potential.

The 3 edition was revised and updated by his sister-in-law Meg Coates Palgrave and published by Struik in 2002 , and this is what she has to say about the author :
He wrote this book before the days of the computer - it was originally written by hand , and then typed on an ordinary typewriter , at least twice. The proof reading was undertaken in the old sense of the word ; word by word , aloud with the scientific names being spelt out . He also drafted all the maps himself from herbarium specimens . Throughout the preparation of the book he was working for the Department of Education in Harare , and so all this was done in his spare time . It was a monumental achievement and I am filled with admiration .

lol lol =O: =O: Well , now we know that teachers indeed do not have very busy jobs =O: =O: =O:
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Re: Trees of Southern Africa - by Keith Coates Palgrave

Post by Richprins » Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:35 pm

I wonder if Braam is family of Piet van Wyk, the other legendary expert? :-?
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Re: Trees of Southern Africa - by Keith Coates Palgrave

Post by okie » Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:51 pm

It is possible , but not sure . Piet was born in 1931 whilst Braam was born in 1952 .

But , together they wrote : Field guide to the trees of Southern Africa .
And of course , Piet van Wyk also wrote that very handy : Field guide to the trees of the Kruger National Park . First published 1984 . Braam van wyk did updating tree names for this book at some stage .
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