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 Post subject: 20 trees in knp for beginners
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OWN got me thinking with a previous comment... :hmz:
Tree books can be daunting , with the hundreds of species in them :doh: .
The list below , would in my opinion , get someone knowledgeable with trees in knp :dance: . They are common and once you know them, would make it easier picking up the rest. Would suggest Sappi Trees of Lowveld first ,then move onto the heavier books on trees.

in no particular order, my 20 trees to know first. :rtm:

Marula
Knobthorn
Baobab
Red Bushwillow
Russet Bushwillow
Magic Guarrie
Leadwood
Silver Cluster Leaf
Lowveld Cluster Leaf
Fever Tree
Sausage Tree
Mopane
Lala Palm
Wild Date Palm
Sycamore Fig
JackalBerry
White Kirkia
Apple Leaf
Sjambok Pod
Pod Mahogany

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 Post subject: Re: 20 trees in knp for beginners
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Location: Johannesburg - where they cut down trees and name streets after them.
forestgump, are you going to educate us? :D

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 Post subject: Re: 20 trees in knp for beginners
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I think there are more educated people out there, but might be an idea to elaborate on them a bit later. Get to know Red Bushwillow and Mopane and you can identify most trees in knp :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: 20 trees in knp for beginners
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:hmz: You can?
So I have to book an ASAP visit to KNP if I would like to follow this thread...... Right??! :twisted:

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 Post subject: Re: 20 trees in knp for beginners
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There should be no excuse for not going to KNP regularly JenB :wink:

The camps are a great place to start learning your trees , especially those tagged, but first try and figure it out yourself before looking at the tag .

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 Post subject: Re: 20 trees in knp for beginners
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Fantastic thread :thumbs_up: I am always pleased when I see anything on trees. I don't know much, but I am slowly absorbing knowledge.

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Excellent thread Forestgump! :clap: :clap:

I love trees but don't have a book on it! :redface:

I think we should post photos of trees on your list! :hmz:


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 Post subject: Re: 20 trees in knp for beginners
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Thanks everyone.
I agree we should post photos and hints of how and where to identify the trees easily.

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I haven't seen a comment from Oom Boom yet. :hmz: :hmz:
Maybe he's getting a bit scared now. :lol:


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Great idea Forestgump :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: 20 trees in knp for beginners
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Could someone, maybe the offical Sanparks photographer, give us pictures of these trees please?

Close ups of bark and leaves is also helpful for identifying trees, as is the tree when it doesnt have leaves on it (if it looses its leaves in winter)..

Does anyone going to the park want to offer to get these pics for us if Sanparks dont have any?

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OK, lets learn about the trees too :thumbs_up:


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An easy one, but not taken in Kruger. It is however found in Kruger.

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taken at Pafuri.

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close to Satara

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:redface: This is my weak point! :doh:

Please help us (me) with the tree's, great thread!!! :clap:


P.S. I have lots of pics of Mopani's. :whistle:


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 Post subject: Re: 20 trees in knp for beginners
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Great thread. Well I'll take tree number one - the easiest of them all!

Adansonia digitata, the baobab, is the most widespread of the Adansonia species on the African continent, found in the hot, dry savannahs of sub-Saharan Africa. It also grows, having spread secondary to cultivation, in populated areas. The northern limit of its distribution in Africa is associated with rainfall patterns;
The trees usually grow as solitary individuals, and are large and distinctive trees on the savannah, in the scrub, and near settled areas, with some large individuals living to well over a thousand years of age The tree bears very large, heavy white flowers. The showy flowers are pendulous with a very large number of stamens. They carry a carrion scent and researchers have shown they appear to be primarily pollinated by fruit bats of the subfamily Pteropodinae. The fruits are filled with pulp that dries, hardens, and falls to pieces which look like chunks of powdery, dry bread.
The baobab is a traditional food plant in Africa, but is little-known elsewhere. It has been suggested that the vegetable has the potential to improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development and support sustainable landcare.
Vernacular names
Adansonia digitata is known by many names, the most common of which is baobab. It is also known as the 'dead-rat tree' (from the appearance of the fruits), 'monkey-bread tree' (the soft, dry fruit is edible), 'upside-down tree' (the sparse branches resemble roots) and cream of tartar tree. In French, it is known as calebassier du Sénégal and arbre de mille ans; in Portuguese as molambeira, imbondeiro, calabaceira and cabacevre; and in Swahili as mbuyu, mkuu hapingwa, mkuu hafungwa and muuyu.
Fruit
The African baobab's fruit (6 to 8 inches, or 15 cm to 20 cm long) has twice as much calcium as milk, is high in anti-oxidants, iron and potassium, and has 6 times the vitamin C of an orange. The leaves can be eaten as relish, while the fruit dissolved in milk or water can be used as a drink. The seeds also produce edible oil.


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