Does anyone know of a plant called an OLIFANTSPOOT ?
My curiosity stems from one of T V BULPIN'S very first guidebooks of the 1960's before the tar road to Pafuri was completed and I have been wondering about this for 30 years.
The picnic site was at a different spot then (I think at that long loop closer to the confluence) but he pointed out (and has a picture) to look out for the OLIFANTSPOOT. The picture was of this fleshy , very thick stem tapering to the top, plant (or tree) .
I know this is very confusing but there are 2 different types of Olifantspoot (Elephants’ foot) in Southern-Africa...
The one is Dioscorea elephantipes
(it is called Olifantspoot in Afrikaans)
Concentrating on threatened and endemic species, the SA’s NBI/MSBP (The Millennium Seed Bank Project) seed-scouts have literally gone where no human has gone before. Their efforts have yielded some unexpected results, such as the unearthing of a lost population of the elephant's foot
yam Dioscorea elephantipes.
See pictures of this here
And then there is also Adenia pechuelii
find pics here
Hope one of these are the one you are looking for??
Although distribution wise it doesn't seem as if any of them could be at Pafuri (maybe the threatened / lost population one
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