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Tree: Sneezewood (Ptaeroxylon obliquum)

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Sneezewood

Unread postby salamanda » Sat Dec 12, 2009 11:17 am

Ok . . . . well how about this one? Its a small, multi-stemmed tree growing close to the edge of the road on the Croc River road. It was being absolutely mobbed by flies, beetles and butterflies on the day that we found it. I have no idea but I did wonder about Sneezewood?

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Re: Plant ID needed

Unread postby hfglen » Sun Dec 13, 2009 11:50 am

Hi Salamanda

Your orange flower is not a witchweed, but Tricliceras longepedunculata in the family Turneraceae. Despite being quite common it doesn't seem to have a common name, and the family isn't notable for anything. I saw the same thing at Shabeni on 24 October, and Martie posted it on her blog on 11 Dec.

I wonder if your tree could be an unusually enthusiastic Sneezewood?

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Re: Plant ID needed

Unread postby salamanda » Sun Dec 13, 2009 3:29 pm

Yes I also thought the yellow tree might be Sneezewood but I don't know, so if anyone can confirm (or otherwise) I would appreciate it.

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Re: Plant ID needed

Unread postby brian schrenk » Thu Dec 17, 2009 7:23 pm

Hi Salamanda

Although the leaves of the tree in your photo are not clearly visible I am pretty certain that you are spot-on with your ID of Sneezewood (Ptaeroxylon obliquum).

The profusion of pale yellow flowers, the form of the flower and even the near absence of leaves (at this stage)(flowering precedes folar growth in S/wood), strongly points toward Sneezewood.

I usually do not elevate any one indigenous tree or plant above another, as I am of the opinion that every organism has its meaningfull and well engineered place in nature (bar the human perhaps), however here we have one of those trees that justifies a degree of elevation. I regret not having the time know to elaborate on it varied properties (properties which you might well be aware of...)

Depending on where you live in KZN you might well have Sneezewoods growing in your surroundings. (Distributed widely from coast to midlands, rare or absent west toward Drakensburg.)

Great tree

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Re: Plant ID needed

Unread postby salamanda » Sun Dec 20, 2009 11:45 am

Many thanks Brian, I appreciate the information. I don't know the tree well, but I shall Google it and see what else I can find out about it - certainly gives a magnificent display at this time of the year and seems to be the target of numerous insect species, presumably after the nectar. It was absolutely mobbed by a wide variety of fliers.

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Tree: Sneezewood (Ptaeroxylon obliquum)

Unread postby jjohanv » Sat Mar 06, 2010 10:52 am

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Re: Tree ID Letaba river

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Re: Tree ID Letaba river

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Re: Tree ID Letaba river

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Re: Tree ID Letaba river

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Re: Tree ID Letaba river

Unread postby Oryx » Mon Mar 08, 2010 9:05 pm

I would say Sneezewood (Ptaeroxylon obliquum). Are crushed leaves aromatic?

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Re: Tree ID Letaba river

Unread postby jjohanv » Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:25 am

Hi Oryx the leaves are hard and it breaks very easily when you touch them (bros)as we say in afrikaans.
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Re: Tree ID Letaba river

Unread postby Oryx » Wed Mar 10, 2010 8:08 am

Hi Johan,

Seems to be no comment from anyone else. I will stick with Sneezewood. Do the leaves have a fairly unpleasant aroma when crushed?

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Re: Tree ID Letaba river

Unread postby jjohanv » Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:11 pm

Oryx wrote:Hi Johan,

Seems to be no comment from anyone else. I will stick with Sneezewood. Do the leaves have a fairly unpleasant aroma when crushed?

Yes definitely


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