White-milkwood (Sideroxylon inerme) Tree no 579
White-milkwood is very widespread, and normally grows singly among other tree species, but where one is growing, there will often be others nearby. It is easiest to find in Coastal Thicket, often growing close to the water's edge and on sea-facing slopes. It is also common along the southern rivers, and in Coastal Forests. It occurs in Albany Thicket in Thicket that is not too far inland.
African White-stinkwood (Celtis africana) Tree no. 39
This tree grows singly among other tree species, but others will often be found in the vicinity.
Coastal Strangler Fig (Ficus natalensis) Tree no. 57
The Coastal Strangler Fig has a broad, sometimes twisting, buttressed trunk, and is often a strangler with aerial roots. Found mainly along rivers, in scarp forest, dune forest and in the woodland, this is a medium to large, evergreen tree.
Baobab (Adansonia digitata) Tree no. 467
This is one of the easiest trees to find and identify all year round, as long as you set out to look for it in the right places! Baobabs are most often found alone, with others nearby. In winter, from a long distance away, you will see the large, bare branches reaching up into the sky, with relatively short, thin branchlets and twigs.
Ebony Jackal-berry (Diospyros mespiliformis) Tree no. 606
The Ebony Jackal-berry grows singly along rivers and major drainage lines, as well as on termite mounds in higher rainfall areas.
Significant trees - the list grows
Last month we launched our initiative to compile a list of Significant Indigenous Trees in parks, reserves and wilderness areas throughout the country. The information is steadily filtering through to us, and I have to say that so much of it has been fascinating. Some of the historical facts attached to certain trees have taught me a bit about South African history, and it has been so inspiring to see some of the specimens that truly stand out within their species for whatever reason.
Namaqua Rock Fig (Ficus cordata) Tree no 51
Namaqua Rock Fig is usually found in arid areas, growing on steep rocky hillsides or cliff-faces, often in association with some additional moisture. This couldbe ravines, or seasonal watercourses. They do grow alone but often there are others nearby. The distribution is throughout most of the Succulent Karoo, and eastward though Bushmanland along Rivers.
Quiver-tree Aloe (Aloe dichotoma) Tree no 29
In South Africa, the Quiver-tree Aloe is found only in the extreme northwest. It is often alone, but also found in massed 'forests' in a few places in the Richtersveld. It is easiest to find on rocky outcrops in northern Succulent Karoo, specifically in the Richtersveld. It can also be found on stony and/or alluvial plains along the Orange/Gariep River in the Karoo.
Umbrella Acacia (Acacia tortilis) Tree no 188
The Umbrella Acacia may grow singly or in groups. It often grows in tight groves on old, disturbed sites.
Pod-mahogany (Afzelia quanzensis) Tree no. 207
The Pod-mahogany usually grows singly, often on small rocky outcrops or in well-drained soils.