By: Braam van Wyk, Erika van den Berg, Meg Coates Palgrave and Marie Jordaan
960 pages, b/w line drawings, distribution maps
This dictionary is a catalogue of the names of some 2100 trees, selected shrubs and woody climbers native to southern Africa and is aimed at providing a comprehensive source of information for both the scientific and common names. Southern Africa not only has an extraordinary diversity of trees but is also a region where many tongues are spoken. Over 24,000 common names recorded from 30 languages are included, making this the most comprehensive list of southern African indigenous tree names published in a single volume.
Background information about the languages is presented, including guidelines on their structure and sounds, to assist with pronunciation, as well as a map showing where they are mainly spoken. The standardization for the spelling of English and Afrikaans common names is proposed. Recent synonyms for scientific names are included. In addition, South African and Zimbabwean tree numbers are given and for every species there is a distribution map and an indication to which habitat(s) it is predominantly associated. Line drawings for selected species are provided.
Not only will this publication serve as an essential reference for all those interested in plants in general and trees in particular, but it should also prove useful to a broad spectrum of other people, including linguists and anthropologists.
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