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Tree: River bushwillow (Combretum erythrophyllum)

Unread postby arks » Tue Oct 03, 2006 7:57 am

Here are some trees I'm hoping someone can ID?

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Thanks!!
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Unread postby Jakkalsbessie » Mon Oct 09, 2006 7:33 am

2) Difficult 1... my first instinct was to go with one of the Ziziphus species (Buffalo thorn) but cannot say for sure.
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Unread postby arks » Mon Oct 09, 2006 2:55 pm

Thanks for taking a stab at these, JB, and sorry to heard about your computer woes.

These pix (especially the first two) were taken more just because I liked the look of the tree than for ID, so I only posted them on the off-chance that they could be IDed. #2 is the tree next to tent #40 at Tamboti, on the other side of the fence, and it was just turning colour on 2 May 2006, which intrigued me, since "autumn colours" are rarer in SA than here in New England, where "leaf peeping" in autumn is a big tourist industry.

In KNP these autumn colours were more subtle, and less extensive, but I did enjoy being there for these quite different seasonal changes in the deciduous trees. What surprised me most was that some baobabs had dropped their leaves entirely, while others turned gold, and still others seemed to stay quite green into May :cry:

Just another example of how interesting everything is in KNP. Each visit I try to learn just a little more about the trees and plants I'm seeing. Your help (as well as Imberbe's and restio's) is really making a difference in my "education" :wink: :lol: 8) Thanks SO much to you all!!
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Unread postby Imberbe » Mon Oct 09, 2006 10:43 pm

On number 2.

I do not think it is the Buffalo thorn. I enlarged the photo, and the diagnostic z pattern of the ziziphus is not apparent.

I would rather go for the River bushwillow ( Vaderlandswilg, Combretum erythrophyllum). Can't be 100% sure because of the low resolution, but it looks about right. The red autumn colours that can be seen is typical.
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Unread postby arks » Tue Oct 10, 2006 12:33 am

Thanks for your input on this, Imberbe. Strangely, perhaps, in my quite old tree book (Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park by Piet van Wyk, 1984) it says that the river bushwillow is only found in KNP along the Sabie River west of Lower Sabie restcamp and a few isolated specimens along the Luvuvhu River. However, that's 22 years ago, so perhaps it's by now not unusual to find this tree/shrub along the Timbavati at Tamboti? :?
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