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Forest fever tree (Anthocleista grandiflora)

Unread postby fevertree » Mon Sep 19, 2005 11:29 am

The Forest Fever Trees, a rare tree, the Forest form of my nickname.
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Unread postby Jumbo » Mon Sep 19, 2005 11:46 am

Did not know you get a Forest form of this tree! How do they differ?

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Unread postby fevertree » Mon Sep 19, 2005 11:49 am

The forest fever tree is not related to as fever tree at all. It has large tobacco plant shaped leaves. There are only one or two known specimens in the Park. This particular one nearly every visitor to the Park has driven past at some stage......
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Unread postby Jumbo » Mon Sep 19, 2005 12:29 pm

Why is it that this tree is so uncommon? Or is it only the case in Kruger?

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Unread postby Jakkalsbessie » Mon Sep 19, 2005 1:39 pm

I just love the forest fever trees / bos koorsboom / Anthocleista grandiflora... always look so exotic.
The most i know occur on the H1-2 "highway" between Skukuza and Lower-Sabie... next to the Sabie river, specially in the tick riverine forest parts.

They grow very tall up to 20 - 30m with a long, straight, clean stem with relatively short branches. The leaves are very large and are borne in clusters. Making them easy to id ( :lol: ok according to me that is)
The flowers are borne in panicles at the tips of the branches and are relatively large (the specific name "gradifolia" means "large flower" in Latin). They are scented, white, and tubular in shape and can rarely be seen from close up, owing to the height of the tree's canopy.
This species is used in traditional medicine as a remedy for malaria and to relieve diarrhoea.
It makes a highly ornamental specimen tree in moist, frost-free areas.
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Unread postby Imberbe » Thu Sep 22, 2005 1:36 am

We have a Boskoorsboom in the garden at our church in PTA. It actually makes a beautiful garden tree. It tends to be verry tall. Because it is so different from the most common garden trees, it tends to make a statement!

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Unread postby Johann » Wed Sep 28, 2005 5:04 pm

There is also a couple of them (large specimens) in the nursery at Skukuza. Also saw some at Phabeni gate and in Pretoriuskop camp. Got some photos somewhere, need to look for them, will post them one day when I've got the time.
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forest fever tree

Unread postby wildjohn » Sat Nov 05, 2005 11:20 pm

Is that a rare tree ?, in Kruger you mean ? interested to know.

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Unread postby fevertree » Mon Nov 07, 2005 8:08 am

It is a very rare tree in the Kruger Park - only 2 known specimens - one near Pafuri and this one along the sabie river.
Quite abundant though along the footslopes of the escarpment, but not in the lowveld proper.
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Unread postby Johann » Thu Nov 10, 2005 4:35 pm

Pic taken in Skukuza Nursery. Also saw the tree in the Phabeni and Pretoriuskop gardens as mentioned before.

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