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Africa Geographic – August 2012 – Article on botanist and author Meg Coates Palgrave

I had the privilege of interviewing botanist and author Meg Coates Palgrave, an indefatigable botanist who is the editor of Trees of Southern Africa, the definitive “bible” of trees in the region. Meeting Meg is like paging through the book – both are truly impressive in their scope of information and knowledge (the book contains about 1 600 species), but she’s quick to point out that much of her botanical training came from her late brother-in-law Keith, who in fact was the initiator and editor of the first few editions, before Meg assumed the role. There are not many people who can identify any southern African tree – and its scientific name, ecological role and cultural significance – as easily as we can read the morning newspaper. Meg is one of them.

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