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Giant Quiver-tree Aloe (Aloe pillansii) Tree no. 30
A striking, tall Aloe that grows in rocky areas throughout the Richtersveld.
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.
African Greenhair-tree (Parkinsonia africana) Tree no 214
African Greenhair-trees grow singly, or as widely scattered individuals, in a landscape that is often devoid of other trees.
Small-leaved Willow (Salix mucronata) Tree no. 35
It grows singly as well as in small groups, and is easiest to find along streams and rivers, in seepage areas and on wetter rocky hillsides. In these Habitats the tree occurs in an extremely widespread area (almost a rectangle) between the Richtersveld, Johannesburg, Port St. Johns and the Cedarberg.
Grey Camel-thorn Acacia (Acacia haematoxylon) Tree no. 169
This tree only grows in a small distribution area in South Africa, where in fact there are relatively few other trees of any substantial height. It is often in the same localities as another protected tree, Camel-thorn Acacia Acacia erioloba, and both need to have their harvesting controlled for the braaiwood industry.
The two Rhus, Searsia species in the Cape North this month each have some form of spiny branchlet, or short stiff spur-branchlets, which are sometimes spine-tipped. These are Rolled-leaf Currant-rhus and Namaqua Kuni-rhus.
The three Rhus species in the Cape North this month have differently shaped leaflets. Karoo-kuni Rhus has egg-shaped leaflets with square tips. The leaflets of Dune Currant-rhus are widely egg-shaped to elliptic with a sharp tip. White Karee-rhus has long narrow leaflets with sharp tips..
Black-thorn Acacia Acacia mellifera Tree No. 176
Black-thorn Acacia is the most prevalent smaller, woody species in the northern Cape, and eastward into the northern Bushveld.
Quiver-Tree Aloe - Aloe dichotoma -Tree no 29
In South Africa, the Quiver-tree Aloe grows only in the extreme northwest. It is often alone, but may also be found in massed 'forests' in a few places in the Richtersveld.