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Vote for your favourite tree of the following
Baobab 32%  32%  [ 10 ]
Common Cluster Fig 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Fever Tree 23%  23%  [ 7 ]
Jackalberry 3%  3%  [ 1 ]
Knob Thorn 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Leadwood 3%  3%  [ 1 ]
Marula 6%  6%  [ 2 ]
Mopane 3%  3%  [ 1 ]
Natal Mahogany 3%  3%  [ 1 ]
Sausage Tree 3%  3%  [ 1 ]
Tamboti 3%  3%  [ 1 ]
Umbrella Thorn 16%  16%  [ 5 ]
Camel Thorn 3%  3%  [ 1 ]
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Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 6:39 am 
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Yay , another fever tree lover .
Same taste in trees and beer :D .


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Arks & Bucky;

The Sycamore Fig is included but under it's most-used name the Common Cluster Fig. It's the same tree. :wink:

Wow Baobab is doing really well!


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MarkWildDog wrote:
The Sycamore Fig is included but under it's most-used name the Common Cluster Fig. It's the same tree. :wink:

Are trees being "renamed" as well as birds? :roll: My tree book, Piet van Wyk's Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park, doesn't mention a "common cluster fig", only the Sycamore fig. It's not even given as an alternative name :?


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Checked my ref books , and 1 of them does indeed call it the common cluster fig , so :redface: .

I was thinking of the other common fig tree , that you find in the bush but not along the rivers .


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Perhaps we need to use the latin names here to clarify which "common" fig tree(s) we're talking about? Looking more closely at my tree book, I find that there is a "common wild fig", ficus thonningii, and broom cluster fig, Ficus sur or ficus capensis, but the sycamore fig has its own latin name, ficus sycamorus.

@ Mark: What is the latin name of your "common cluster fig"?

Who knew plants could be a "challenging" as LBJs and BBJs?? :roll:


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I have checked this out a little more throughly .
My biggest and newest book lists 19 types of ficus (Fig) trees in South Africa , and I am sure there may be more .
There common names all end in fig , although only 2 have "common" in there common names :lol:.

The 2 in question here are the Ficus sycomorus and ficus thonningii .

Ficus sycomorus - Common cluster fig , sycamore fig tree .
Habitat - bushveld ,on alluvial soils next to rivers and streams .

Ficus thonningii - Common wild fig
Habitat - bushveld

Both are large and of similar shape , although the sycomorus trees along the larger rivers are the biggest .
The sycomorus has white-yellowish bark which flakes off in patches , while the thonningii has smooth grey bark .


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Bucky, isn't the ficus capenses. or broom cluster fig (I think) not also very common? We have masses of them here, and we are also middle to low veld? Am I foncusing things again?

WE had the most amazing ficus sycamorus in our garden in the real lowveld years ago, it was enormous, its girth would have taken about four to five people standing finger tip to finger tip to get round it. It was magnificent.

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Thanks for clarifying, bucky. Interesting that my old(er) book doesn't give the Sycamore fig any other names but that, hence my never having heard of a "Common cluster fig".


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Jazzil , some may well be very common in there areas of growth , however only 2 have common as part of there name , which is what I was referring to .

Funnily enough neither are considered a good suburban garden subject ,I can't figure out why though :lol:


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I have one in my garden Bucky. It is a stunning tree, but the roots can be wicked in terms of plumbing, foundations and swimming pools.

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@Arks:

If you have a look here they use Common Cluster Fig instead. Also in most tree books, encyclopedias, etc... they have it down as Common Cluster/ Sycamore Fig.

But anyway...

Ficus sycamorus = Common Cluster/ Sycamore Fig


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MA RU LA because is one of these trees that provided me with a few leopard sightings.......and they also shape the character of the flat plains.... :clap:

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I voted for the Umbrella Thorn, but am a lover of all trees.

I found this poem next to the sightings board in Satara many years ago and thought I would share it with all the tree lovers:

THE TREE

Let us pause for the taking of inventory
To measure the debt we owe the tree
For the searching root that knits the soil
The cooling shade for those who toil
The air we breathe, nature's greatest gift
And the leaf that heralds each season's shift.

Forget not the fruit that feeds man and beast
The branch that burns to prepare the feast
The sturdy frame that builds the home
And the paper on which you read this poem
The tree gives all and take no prize
Even making the axe that ends its life!


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That is very beautiful Naomi, so poignant and so true.

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