The Herbarium has featured in numerous publications, and has been awarded its own acronym in the botanical world. Thus Paris is “P”, while Kew is “K” and Buffelskloof Herbarium is “BNRH”.
The principal publications are those of the Curator and his wife the botanical artist, Sandra M Burrows, who have published works of reference on Southern African ferns, Southern and South-central African fig trees, and the trees and shrubs of Mozambique.
This, the first ever comprehensive book on the Trees of Mozambique, is a major contribution to science and to the plight of the important flora of this large and little known country, which is under serious threat from human activity. One thousand eight hundred species are described and fully illustrated, including some 30 species new to science. The curator, J.E. Burrows, is the lead author in this massive work which has taken more than 10 years to research and write up and involved numerous trips, some through unexplored territory, as far north as the Tanzanian border.
The Figs of Southern and South-central Africa. This is another monumental work, the fruit of many years of research. A large proportion of the trees described are from tropical and subtropical forests where they form an important part of the biome. They are also of course extremely important to animal life. This work has aroused great interest at Kew in connection with their TIPA programme.
Numerous recent and forthcoming articles include ones on new species of lichen discovered by members of the US Association of Lichenologists on their first day at Buffelskloof, and a new species of fungus found in the forest by visiting scientists from the Czech Republic.