Jun 18, 2020 | Book Reviews, Nature & Conservation | 0 comments

100 trees to see on safari

by Quentin Luke and Henk Beenjie.

An Easy Guide for East Africa       

East Africa is not just about remarkable wildlife and scenery, it also has amazing flora, amongst which is a wide range of icon trees.  

This colourful, detailed, and easy to follow guide, light enough to take into the field, has concise descriptions of 100 trees, including its uses, flowers, leaves, fruit and bark, common and Latin names as well as local names. 

The guide starts with a clear map of East Africa, showing its reserves and national parks, definition of what a tree is, a map of habitats and how to use the guide.  The illustrated glossary of a tree and a flower will be of value to the layman, as will the terms and names that are used in identify different species.

As so many of the East Africa trees are similar to those in southern Africa, this guide will be useful to any traveller and visitor to these regions of Africa.   Quentin Luke is a botanical consultant and senior research associate at the East African Herbarium, and Henk Beentjie has worked as a botanist at the National Museum of Kenya, and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London.  Between them they have produced a colourful, interesting and handy guide which can only enhance one’s knowledge and enjoyment of being amongst trees.