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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.
Pod-mahogany (Afzelia quanzensis) Tree no. 207
The Pod-mahogany usually grows singly, often on small rocky outcrops or in well-drained soils.
Greenthorn Torchwood (Balanites maughamii) Tree no. 251
Greenthorn Torchwoods commonly grow singly, but large, older trees may be surrounded by groups of smaller, younger trees
Kiaat Bloodwood (Pterocarpus angolensis) Tree no. 236
Growing singly on well-drained soil in areas with rainfall above 500 m, it is easy to find on the crests of granite hills near Pretoriuskop, and in slightly higher altitudes of the Malelane mountains, as well as on the eastern side of the nearby Bushveld.
Leadwood Bushwillow (Combretum imberbe) Tree no. 539
Leadwoods have wood that is amongst the heaviest in the world, which means the trees grow exceptionally slowly. It also means that the wood is much sought after for fuel, as it burns for a long time with great warmth. Many Leadwoods only finally die when thousands of years old, and their premature harvesting by humans is a desperate ecological loss for the area where they had survived millennia of fire, flood and drought.
In the Lowveld we have two Rhus, Searsia species this month where the leaflets have toothed/serrated/indented edges (margins). These are Nana Currant-rhus and Rock Karee-rhus.
In the Lowveld we have three of the largest of the Rhus, Searsia species covered in the blog this month. Red Currant-rhus can grow to 4 metres (and more in KwaZulu-Natal), Waxy Currant-rhus is also a 4 m tree, while in the right circumstances Crowberry Currant-rhus can become 5 m tall.
Umbrella Acacia Acacia tortilis Tree no 188
Umbrella Acacia may grow singly or in groups throughout the northern half of South Africa.
Fever-tree Acacia Acacia xanthophloea Tree no 189
Fever-tree Acacias often form small groups around wet areas in the north of KwaZulu-Natal, throughout the Lowveld, and northwards up the eastern side of the Bushveld.
Purple-pod Cluster-Leaf Terminalia prunioides Tree no 550
The Purple-pod Cluster-leaf grows in loose groups on rocky and mountainous soils and in deep alluvial sand.