Author: David Becking

Protea magnifica

General Info Tree may reach 3,5m high. The entire, leathery Leaves are simple. The capitulum with many Flowers is up to 20cm wide. Inner bracts are bearded. Fruit is a densely hairy achene. Seeds are relatively large. Description Tree Protea magnifica, Protea barbigera RSA Tree No. 86.1 Common names: Queen protea, Queen sugarbush, Bearded Protea, Baardsuikerbos, Wolbaardsuikerbos Family:  Proteaceae (Protea family) with about 80 genera and at least 1 600 species. There with 300 species in the RSA. This family has similar to leaves to the fossil Glossopteridales. These fossils were prevalent more than 200 million years ago. This was a time before the...

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Greyia sutherlandii

General Info Tree may reach 9m high. Simple, ovate to circular Leaves are deciduous. Spectacular, red Flowers are in racemes. Each has 10 red protruding stamens. Fruit a capsule + many dark Seeds. Description Tree Greyia sutherlandii RSA Tree No. 446. Common names: Bottlebrush, Glossy bottlebrush, Natal bottlebrush, Wild bottlebrush, Blinkblaarbaakhout, Natal-baakhout. Family: Melianthaceae was Greyiaceae. All members of the family Melianthaceae are trees or shrubs. They are located in southern and topical Africa. The genus Greyia differs from other members of the Melianthaceae in that the leaves are simple and the flowers have 10 stamens. Name derivation: Greyia...

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Indigofera jucunda

General Info Attractive Tree is up to 7m high. Leaves are imparipinnate. The pea-like, fragrant Flowers in racemes have pink and white petals. The Fruit is a cylindrical pod with 8-10 Seeds. Description Tree Indigofera jucunda, Indigofera frutescens, Indigofera cylindrica. RSA Tree No. 226.4. Common names: Mountain Indigo, Tree indigo, River indigo. 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,...

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Philenoptera sutherlandii

General Info This evergreen Tree may reach 30m high. Twigs have rusty brown hairs. The dark green Leaves are imparipinnate. Flowers are zygomorphic and pea-like. Fruit is a pod – up to 12cm long. Description Tree Philenoptera sutherlandii, Millettia sutherlandii. RSA Tree No. 228. Common names: Forest Apple–leaf, Giant Umzimbeet, Bastard umzimbeet Family: Fabaceae, 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,...

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Cyclopia meyeriana

General Info This is usually a Shrub but can reach 3m high. The trifoliate Leaflets are extremely rolled under. The solitary, zygomorphic, yellow, pea-type Flowers have 2 basal bracts. Fruit is a pod with 3+ Seeds. Description Tree Cyclopia meyeriana, Common names: Woltee, Meyer’s honeybush tea. Family: Fabaceae, 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, Calpurnia, Colophospermum, Cyclopia, Erythrina, Erythrophleum,...

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