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Mopane (Colophospermum mopane)

Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Mar 23, 2005 10:18 pm

Why is the distance between the ground and the bottom of the foliage virtually exactly the same on each tree? The pic is not very clear (it's captured off video footage taken in 1996 in Pafuri region) but it does show that one can draw a straight horizontal line along the bottom of the foliage.

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Unread postby Twiga » Wed Mar 23, 2005 11:29 pm

:?: :? Maybe someone else can help you with that?
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Unread postby Freda » Thu Mar 24, 2005 6:25 am

Perhaps they are browsed by impala who can only reach to a certain height.

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu Mar 24, 2005 6:40 am

Freda wrote:Perhaps they are browsed by impala who can only reach to a certain height.


I also wondered if that was the case. It is amazing that it is so even and for as far as the eye can see.
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Unread postby Shikra » Thu Mar 24, 2005 7:21 am

You are correct Freda, it is the result of browsing by impala, kudu, nyala, etc.and it is quite noticeable in certain areas like Pafuri.

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Unread postby jaapvandijk » Thu Mar 24, 2005 9:52 am

yep
I think you call it the browsing line.
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu Mar 24, 2005 10:03 am

Thanks for clearing that up for me - I just could not believe that animals could eat it off so clearly in a neat line!
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What trees are these?

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Tue Apr 19, 2005 6:40 pm

I've posted this pic before and asked where I was, now I want to know what trees grow there in abundance. Please note - I don't know the answer, I'm asking you guys! :D

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Apr 19, 2005 6:45 pm

I really like your pic GP! The trees look like they shed their leaves in winter (is that how you speak of a tree :oops: ) and I would also like to know the answer. Checked my KNP books but can only find ref to the mlala palms that grow in the camp.

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Unread postby madach » Tue Apr 19, 2005 8:04 pm

DinkyBird wrote:I really like your pic GP! The trees look like they shed their leaves in winter (is that how you speak of a tree :oops: )


I think that's called 'deciduous' :wink:

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Re: What trees are these?

Unread postby madach » Tue Apr 19, 2005 8:06 pm

Guinea Pig wrote:I've posted this pic before and asked where I was, now I want to know what trees grow there in abundance. Please note - I don't know the answer, I'm asking you guys! :D


My guess would be Tamboti

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Unread postby craigsa » Tue Apr 19, 2005 8:55 pm

Where was it again... Shingwedzi..

Tamboti has much thinner trunks and i would not say it grows so big...

I would say its Leadwood!!
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Unread postby Guinea Pig » Tue Apr 19, 2005 9:00 pm

These trees are all over Shingwedzi. Unfortunately I wasn't concerned about what the leaves looked like or the pods and stuff.
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Unread postby Freda » Tue Apr 19, 2005 9:00 pm

My second guess was leadwood :) , when you zoom in on the bark it looks like small blocks.

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Unread postby ceruleanwildfire » Wed Apr 20, 2005 10:45 am

I agree with Craig and Freda, it definately looks like a leadwood, specially if the bark is blocky and grey. While Tamboti can grow that high it's growth is usually stunted and appears in the form of a bushy tree.

Tamboti also requires browsers to eat the bottom branches so that only a single branch exists therby forcing the the tree to grow from that single branch. Consider that this is in a camp and there is a limited list of Tamboti browsers it is unlikely that this is Tamboti.

If you find yourself there again have a look around the tree. I know most of the prominent trees in the camps are usually tagged with their name and number.


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