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Vote for your favourite tree of the following

Baobab
10
32%
Common Cluster Fig
0
No votes
Fever Tree
7
23%
Jackalberry
1
3%
Knob Thorn
0
No votes
Leadwood
1
3%
Marula
2
6%
Mopane
1
3%
Natal Mahogany
1
3%
Sausage Tree
1
3%
Tamboti
1
3%
Umbrella Thorn
5
16%
Camel Thorn
1
3%
 
Total votes: 31

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Unread postby arks » Tue Feb 13, 2007 4:08 pm

MarkWildDog wrote:DinkyBird and myself have put together a poll now, so you can vote for your favourite Kruger Tree. Enjoy! :D

Why didn't you include the umbrella thorn (acacia tortilis subsp. heteracantha). As I mentioned in my earlier post, for many this tree is quintessentially African — an image that immediately evokes the African bush.
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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Tue Feb 13, 2007 4:26 pm

arks wrote: Why didn't you include the umbrella thorn (acacia tortilis subsp. heteracantha). As I mentioned in my earlier post, for many this tree is quintessentially African — an image that immediately evokes the African bush.

Oh I knew this was going to happen... :roll:

DinkyBird told me that only 10 trees could be in the poll, so I did a survey and asked numerous 'plant-interested' forumites which trees they thought should be in the poll & these came out tops. Maybe if you ask DB nicely she would add it to the poll for you? :wink:

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Feb 13, 2007 4:37 pm

MarkWildDog wrote:
arks wrote: Why didn't you include the umbrella thorn (acacia tortilis subsp. heteracantha). As I mentioned in my earlier post, for many this tree is quintessentially African — an image that immediately evokes the African bush.

Oh I knew this was going to happen... :roll:

Mark....

My reason was that there are so many trees - it would be a very long poll to include all the trees. So lets look at it this way - your fav of the trees listed. I will add your one arks.
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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Tue Feb 13, 2007 4:39 pm

DinkyBird wrote: Mark....

My reason was that there are so many trees - it would be a very long poll to include all the trees. So lets look at it this way - your fav of the trees listed. I will add your one arks.

:thumbs_up:

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Unread postby restio » Tue Feb 13, 2007 6:36 pm

I love baobabs - so splendid and mysterious.

Plus they make me giggle, thinking of that wonderful novel, The Little Prince. :lol:
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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Tue Feb 13, 2007 6:48 pm

My best ever novel is "The Little Prince"

Best quotations in history, "you are always responsible for that which you have tamed"

another one,
"what is important is invisable to the eye"

Eish.. this is nobel winning stuff.

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"We are most afraid of our own power"
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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Tue Feb 13, 2007 6:57 pm

:redface: :redface: :redface:

oops folks, I think I missed a quotation wonderland.
I think I missed an important space.

Non the less, I think may have just hit an important probability.

I cannot comment right here...
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Unread postby arks » Wed Feb 14, 2007 3:13 am

DinkyBird wrote:
MarkWildDog wrote:
arks wrote: Why didn't you include the umbrella thorn (acacia tortilis subsp. heteracantha). As I mentioned in my earlier post, for many this tree is quintessentially African — an image that immediately evokes the African bush.

Oh I knew this was going to happen... :roll:

Mark....

My reason was that there are so many trees - it would be a very long poll to include all the trees. So lets look at it this way - your fav of the trees listed. I will add your one arks.

Thanks to you both for adding the umbrella thorn, I really do think it is an iconic African tree. Many of the others are also beautiful and/or interesting, but not so instantly recognisable to us non-Africans :( :wink: I'm very interested in SA plants and trees, but I still haven't learned to ID all the trees in this poll and I expect that's true of quite a few of us :redface:

@ Mark: This selecting of a list actually gets quite tricky, as has been discussed in several previous threads here, here, and here, about favourite trees, at least some of which perhaps might be incorporated into this one now?
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Unread postby bucky » Wed Feb 14, 2007 7:50 am

Just 1 more imo , the sycamore fig .
I was heartbroken that so many were lost along the sabie in the flood .

That said , its hard to try make up sich a list .

Arks , I don't think as South Africans that most of us recognise a lot of trees , the umbrella thorn can be very easy to confuse with the paperbark thorn also , as this has a classic umbrella top also
:D .
Also most of us city dwellers are used to the exotics that were planted here .

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Unread postby arks » Wed Feb 14, 2007 4:24 pm

bucky wrote:Arks , I don't think as South Africans that most of us recognise a lot of trees , the umbrella thorn can be very easy to confuse with the paperbark thorn also , as this has a classic umbrella top also

I didn't know that, bucky :redface: , assumed all umbrella-topped thorn trees were "umbrella" thorns :roll: :wink:

Also agree with you that Sycamore fig should be included. It's one of the first SA trees that a visitor learns to ID, because it's reasonably distinctive and recognisable. There are still plenty on this poll list that I can't ID at all :(
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Unread postby bucky » Thu Feb 15, 2007 2:20 pm

Lol me neither , I can ID 9 of those , some needing a good look .

Spose it doesnt help that there are over 300 different trees , with a lot of shrubs that might look like trees over and above that .

Umbrella thorn has a slightly smaller stem , and has dark rough bark .
A paperbark thorn has light flakey bark .
There are a lot of paperbark thorns along the schoemanskloof road , I still cant decide if they were planted or are natural .

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Unread postby Wild about cats » Thu Feb 15, 2007 3:10 pm

Baobab :D
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Unread postby jaapvandijk » Thu Feb 15, 2007 9:42 pm

this aint fun!! choosing one out of a list with so many cool tree's!

Well.... they have all their own characteristics. so its difficult choosing one.
But the baobab is the first tree that tells me Im home..
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Unread postby Jazil » Thu Feb 15, 2007 10:01 pm

Tamboti for me out of the list provided...... why? Just because.
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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Feb 16, 2007 6:23 am

I have put my tick next to fever tree. (difficult to choose)
When I start seeing the fever trees close to Nelspruit, I know we are almost there.
It is also has such an unusual colouring.
The most beautiful fever tree I have ever seen is in Skukuza Village.
I also think it got a bad rap in being blamed for Maleria.
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