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Tree: Lebombo Ironwood (Androstachys johnsonii)

Unread postby G@mespotter » Wed Nov 12, 2008 11:13 pm

Guys, im lazy...Didn't check the other topics, but do you have more info and maybe pics on this tree?

Imberbe? :whistle:

I know this by now:
Synonyms are:
Lebombo Ironwood = Wildekweper = Lebombo ysterhout.

Latin name is:
Androstachys johnsonii
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Re: Lebombo Ironwood

Unread postby Imberbe » Thu Nov 13, 2008 12:05 am

Gees ... now this IS lazy!

Firstly ... cut and paste the answers I gave you.

Then ask other people to go and do the searching for more info! :doh:

I do believe that I under estimated your intelligence! :twisted: :clap:
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Re: Lebombo Ironwood

Unread postby Freda » Thu Nov 13, 2008 6:05 am

On the Lebombo trail we were told by our ranger that this was the start of the Ironwood forest in the far north of Kruger.
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This wood was used over 20 years ago to refurbish Punda Maria camp and it is so hard that some that was chopped down then is still lying in the bush.
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Hope this information was correct!

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Re: Lebombo Ironwood

Unread postby G@mespotter » Thu Nov 13, 2008 7:52 am

Imberbe wrote:Gees ... now this IS lazy!

Told you :lol:

Imberbe wrote:Firstly ... cut and paste the answers I gave you.

Yeah....thanks again :twisted: Isn't forbidden is it :P

Imberbe wrote:Then ask others people to go and do the searching for more info! :doh:

Just to 'defend' myself: I do this as other asked me and 24 hours a day isn't enough right now :wink: BTW, I needed pics so ja...

Imberbe wrote:I do believe that I under estimated your intelligence! :twisted: :clap:

You sure it's my 'intelligence' ? :twisted:

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Freda: Thanks you soo much :thumbs_up: All pics and info are welcome :dance:
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Re: Lebombo Ironwood

Unread postby G@mespotter » Tue Nov 25, 2008 9:39 pm

Hi there :D

Did a bit googling and found the following on Wikipedia:

The Lebombo ironwood (Androstachys johnsonii) is a tree species and the sole member of the genus Androstachys in the Picrodendraceae. It is native to Africa and Madagascar. Within southern Africa, it occurs in Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga and Swaziland. Its is widely used in the Southern part of Mozambique, where it is known as Simbirre, for flooring and is commonly traded for pillars of huts and fences. South-African tourist operators in Mozambique used it extensively for building structures near- or in sea water.

Its timber is of economical interest, traded as mecrussé, and makes good flooring. It is rarely traded, presumably because of a lack of supply.


Struggling to get more pics though! Will post more info as soon as I get more! Maybe folks who did the Lebombo 4x4 trail can help a brother out :lol:

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Re: Lebombo Ironwood

Unread postby G@mespotter » Tue Nov 25, 2008 9:47 pm

I suspect this is what the leaves look like. Is it correct??

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Re: Lebombo Ironwood

Unread postby Imberbe » Tue Nov 25, 2008 10:35 pm

:dance: That's correct ... I am impressed! :wink:
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Re: Lebombo Ironwood

Unread postby G@mespotter » Tue Jan 06, 2009 10:30 pm

Hi all you tree freaks :D

I have been in Nothern Kruger recently, and noticed a LOT of other trees and stuff I never did, just because of this forum. On the walk, Matthew (the guide) told me that Lebombo Ironwood is one the most heavy woodspecies in southern Africa, and it will actually sink when put in water.. Just some extra facts added here :wink:
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Re: Lebombo Ironwood

Unread postby Johnny Joe » Mon Nov 02, 2009 2:33 pm

Good Aftenoon Gents - visited Punda over the weekend and noticed these Wattle like looking groves on the mountains - on closer inspection I saw that it was a kind of tree that seems to be goiing into it's yearly leave drop because the leaves were a bit "verlepperig" - is this the Leb Ironwood you are talking about - the groves actually gives the impression from afar that it does not fit into the Kruger but more into a farming area in the Highveld like Belfast or Dullstroom - I'll be delighted to know what kind of tree that is if it's not the Leb Ironwood

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Re: Lebombo Ironwood

Unread postby G@mespotter » Mon Nov 02, 2009 3:06 pm

You know the road you saw them from? Maybe PM Beutelgeuse who knows the Punda area WELL :)
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Re: Lebombo Ironwood

Unread postby leelee » Mon Nov 02, 2009 3:26 pm

On your way to Nyalaland trail's base camp, plenty!!!!
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Re: Lebombo Ironwood

Unread postby Johnny Joe » Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:18 pm

I saw these groves from the Mahonie Loop - it's the 25km loop that starts just as you exit the gate on your left - the main problem is that you never actually drive through one of these groves and you only see them from a distance

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Re: Lebombo Ironwood

Unread postby Imberbe » Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:07 pm

I have seen the groves you are referring to. I think it could well be the Ironwood, since they are quiet common in that area. But I haven't been close enough to confirm that ... will need to make a plan!

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