Author: David Becking

Acokanthera oblongifolia

General Info The 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 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 (Oleander or impala lily (Adenium multiflorum) family).  This family includes the exotic genera Oleander and Plumeria (Frangipani).  Indigenous genera containing trees include Acokanthera, Adenium, Carissa, Rauvolfia and Tabernaemontana.  Currently the family has 366...

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Acacia sieberiana

General Info This umbrella Tree with thick branches may reach 18m high.  Bark is corky or papery.  Leaves are bipinnate with spinescent stipules.  The many tiny whitish regular, bisexual Flowers are in condensed spikes.  Fruit is a pod up to 25cm. Description Acacia sieberiana  var. woodii, Vachellia sieberiana var. woodii, Acacia woodii, Acacia vermoesenii. Common names: Paperbark Thorn, Paperbark Acacia, Natal Camel Thorn, Flat-topped Thorn. RSA Tree No. 187. Family: Fabaceae, Leguminosae (Pea, bean or legume family).  After the Orchidaceae and the Asteraceae, the Fabaceae is the third largest Angiosperm (flowering plants) family with 700+ genera and close to 20 000 species.  Local...

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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 Protea magnifica, Protea barbigera RSA Tree No. 86.1 Common names: Queen protea, Queen sugarbush, Bearded Protea, Baardsuikerbos, Wolbaardsuikerbos Family:  Proteaceae (Protea family). Members of this family occur mainly in the southern hemisphere. Universal characteristics are few. All are woody trees or shrubs. Anthers are basifixed and the superior Ovary is sessile. Flowers are contained in a compound inflorescence and 4 Tepals are present. There are about...

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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 Greyia sutherlandii RSA Tree No. 446. Common names: Bottlebrush, Glossy bottlebrush, Natal bottlebrush, Wild bottlebrush, Blinkblaarbaakhout, Natal-baakhout. Family: Melianthaceae: (honey bush family). All members of the family Melianthaceae are trees or shrubs. The great majority are located in southern and topical Africa. The 3 to 5 genera include Bersama, Francoa and Greyia. The genus Greyia has 3 species that differ from other members of the...

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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 Indigofera jucunda, Indigofera frutescens, Indigofera cylindrica. RSA Tree No. 226.4. Common names: Mountain Indigo, Tree indigo, River indigo. Family: Fabaceae or Leguminosae (Pea, bean or legume family). After the Orchidaceae and the Asteraceae, the Fabaceae is the third largest Angiosperm (flowering plants) family with 700+ genera and close to 20 000 species. Local Tree genera include Acacia (Vauchellia, Senegalia), Albizia, Bauhinia, Bolusanthus, Burkea, Calpurnia, Colophospermum, Cyclopia, Dichrostachys, Erythrina, Erythrophleum, Faidherbia,...

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