Author: David Becking

Euphorbia ingens

General Info Tree is up to 10m+ high. All Leaves deciduous & fall very early. Flowers on wing ridges in cyanthia. They have 1 stamen or 1 pistil. Fruit is a small globose, woody capsule. Description Tree Euphorbia ingens, Euphorbia cooperi, Euphorbia Natalensis, Euphorbia similis. Family: Euphorbiaceae (Euphorbia family). This family has about 275 genera and 7 500 species. The genera include Croton, Euphorbia, Alchornea, Macaranga, Spirostachys and poinsettia. This family has plants that may be herbs, shrubs or trees and latex is often present. Leaves, when not rudimentary, are usually alternate and simple with free stipules. Inflorescences are situated terminally or axillary....

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Erythrina caffra

General Info Deciduous Tree to 20m and branchlets have prickles. The Leaves trifoliate. Reddish Flowers are bisexual and zygomorphic. Fruit is a pod, constricted between orange to red Seeds. Description Tree Erythrina caffra, Erythrina constantiana, Erythrina fissa. RSA Tree No. 242. Common names: Coastal Coral-tree; Coral tree; Cape Coral-tree. Family: Fabaceae or Leguminosae are Angiosperms (flowering plants) and commonly referred to as the pea, bean or legume family. After the Orchidaceae and the Asteraceae, the Fabaceae is the third largest Angiosperm family with 700+ genera and close to 20 000 species. Local genera include: Acacia (Vauchellia, Senegalia), Albizia, Bauhinia, Bolusanthus, Burkea, Colophospermum, Cyclopia, Erythrina,...

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Commiphora mollis

General Info The Tree is up to 8m high. Bark has resin ducts and underbark is green. Imparipinnate Leaves have 2-6 pair of opposite leaflets + terminal one. Regular small Flowers are 4-merous. Fruit is a drupe with 1 black Seed. Description Tree Commiphora mollis, Commiphora welwitschii, Commiphora cinereal, Commiphora boehmii, Commiphora dekindtiana, Commiphora iringensis, Commiphora krausei, Commiphora montana, Commiphora ndemfi, Commiphora stuhlmannii, Balsamodendron molle. RSA Tree No. 280. Common names: Velvet Corkwood, Velvet-leaved Corkwood, Soft leaved Commiphora, Velvet Commiphora.  Family: Burseraceae (frankincense from Boswellia sacra, myrrh from Commiphora myrrha). Worldwide there are about 16 genera and about 500 species....

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Acokanthera oblongifolia

General Info Tree may reach 7m high and has very poisonous latex. Simple, entire Leaves are thick and leathery. White Flowers are bisexual, regular and 5-merous. Fruit is a fleshy berry with up to 2 flat, oval Seeds. Description Tree Acokanthera oblongifolia, Acokanthera spectabilis, Carissa spectabilis RSA Tree No. 638. Common names: Dune Poison Bush, Poison Bush, Duinegifboom, Hottentots’s poison, Kaffergifboom, Poison arrow bush. Family: Apocynaceae called the Oleander or impala lily (Adenium multiflorum) family. This family includes the Genera Acokanthera, Adenium, Oleander, Carissa, Rauvolfia, Tabernaemontana and Frangipani in the genus Plumeria. Currently the family has 366 genera and...

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Acacia sieberiana

General Info This umbrella Tree may reach 18m high.  The Bark is corky or papery. Leaves are bipinnate. Paired Thorns are present. The whitish Flowers are in spikes. Fruit is a pod up to 25cm. Description Tree Acacia sieberiana  var. woodii, Vachellia sieberiana var. woodii, Acacia woodii, Acacia vermoesenii. RSA Tree No. 187. The species of the genus Vachellia were considered members of the genus Acacia until 2005. Common names: Paperbark Thorn, Paperbark Acacia, Natal Camel Thorn, Flat-topped Thorn. Family: Fabaceae, Leguminosae are Angiosperms (flowering plants) and commonly referred to as the pea, bean or legume family. After the Orchidaceae and the Asteraceae,...

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