One of southern Africa’s best-selling nature apps, eTrees of Southern Africa by Prof. Braam van Wyk and the late Piet van Wyk, has just undergone an extensive overhaul for the Apple and Android app stores.
Cape Town, South Africa, March 14, 2014 - (PressReleasePoint) -
The app helps users identify the most commonly seen trees in the region by posing a series of questions about each tree’s features, especially its leaves, in conjunction with the GPS location of the user. Major changes to the app include a new user interface, the addition of more tree species and over 2 750 photographs (including full tree images), updated information and distribution maps, and a customised design for tablets and phones.
Southern Africa has a rich variety of tree species, with an estimated 2 100 indigenous species and more than 100 naturalised aliens. The most common and accessible of these species – more than 1 000 – are featured in the app and have been arranged in 43 groups based on easy-to-observe leaf and stem features. Each account features a distribution map and is illustrated with several full-colour photographs of the tree and its diagnostic parts (leaves, flowers, fruit). The app is considered an essential tool for anyone with an interest in nature, whether visiting or resident in southern Africa.
‘This app is wonderfully intuitive and easy to use! A fantastic pocket-help to identifying trees,’ says Ecochic, a reviewer in the Apple App Store. Other customers are equally pleased. Natie Ferreira calls it a 'Great app!' and a 'Very handy take-along tool' that she uses a lot.
The eTrees app is the result of a collaboration between Struik Nature, an imprint of Random House Struik, and app development company PDA Solutions.
Struik Nature is the leading publisher of natural history books, field guides and apps across a variety of disciplines in southern Africa. All its books, guides and apps are written by the region’s most respected authorities in their fields, ensuring accuracy and relevance. Full-colour illustrated books and interactive apps cover birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, butterflies, trees, flowers, the marine environment, geology, astronomy, general wildlife and children & nature.
Braam van Wyk gained his doctorate from the University of Pretoria, where he has been a lecturer since 1977. He is currently Professor of Botany and Curator of the H.G.W.J. Schweickerdt Herbarium. His books include Photographic Guide to Wild Flowers of South Africa (Struik, 2000) and How to Identify Trees in Southern Africa (Struik, 2007). Piet van Wyk (1931–2006) was a graduate of Potchefstroom University, and worked as a biologist with the Kruger National Park’s research team.
Among his published works are Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park (Struik, 1984) and How to Identify Trees in Southern Africa (Struik, 2007).
PDA Solutions is a Johannesburg-based app development company that is also responsible for other popular Struik Nature apps, including Sasol eBirds of Southern Africa and eSnakes of Southern Africa.