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Tree of the Month: Naboom Euphorbia (Euphorbia ingens) Tree no 351
This cactus-like tree is a common sighting on hillsides along the N1 from Johannesburg towards Polokwane. The Naboom Euphorbia is fairly wide-spread throughout the bushveld, preferring well-drained soils.
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.
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.
Tall Firethorn Corkwood (Commiphora glandulosa) Tree no. 285.1
Tall Firethorn Corkwood grows singly, but where one is found there are usually others near by. It generally grows in hot, dry places and prefers well-drained soils, that could be deep and sandy, or in rocky areas.
Weeping Boer-bean (Schotia brachypetala) Tree no. 202
This tree usually grows singly along larger rivers and in higher rainfall areas, often on termite mounds. It occurs throughout the Bushveld and Lowveld as well as down the east coast of KwaZulu-Natal as far south as Port St. Johns.
Bushveld saffron (Elaeodendron transvaalense) Tree no. 416
Bushveld Saffron is one of our most unusual looking trees and therefore easy to recognise for Tree Spotters. The bark and underlying layer have special chemical properties that make it widely used in traditional medicine and in leather tanning. It is under threat because in some areas there is uncontrolled harvesting which can lead to ring-barking and disease or death of the tree.
In all four of the Bushveld Rhus, Searsia species covered this month, the leaflets have toothed/serrated/indented edges (margins). These are Rock Karee-rhus, Bi-coloured-rhus, Nana Currant-rhus and Rolled Currant-rhus.
Three of the Bushveld Rhus, Searsia species covered this month can have spines, especially when the trees are young. These are Thorny Karee-rhus, Red Currant-rhus and Crowberry Currant-rhus. The fourth Rhus has leaves that are covered in a shiny resin, which becomes waxy and glossy, and is aptly named Waxy Currant-rhus.
Black-monkey Acacia Acacia burkei Tree No. 161
Black-monkey Acacia is a tree of the north of South Africa, its distribution spreading across the Bushveld, and down through the Lowveld into northern KwaZulu-Natal.
Large-leaved Rock Fig Ficus abutilifolia Tree no 63
The Large-leaved Rock Fig grows singly, only in rocky areas. Its distribution is in a wide arc from northern KwaZulu-Natal (from the coast to the mountains), throughout the Bushveld.