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It is indeed Cussonia paniculata. :clap: Such an unusual tree - click on the link to see some pix.

Some interesting flower facts about Cussonia paniculata.

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From January to April these trees bear small, green, stalked flowers; in short dense spikes, making up a large, branched inflorescence at the end of the trunk or branches. Flowers are followed by fleshy and purple-maroon fruits, which mature in May to June.

The flowers are pollinated by an enormous variety of insects that have wings e.g. bees, wasps, flies. When they are in full flower it sounds like a beehive. The flies and insects are attracted by the flowers' smelly nectar. The flowers may have lots of pollen too. The seed are not as easily parasitized by pests as Acacia and Rhus species. The birds feed on the ripened, black seed.


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Ditto.


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Senyetse????

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This tree is protected in South Africa. It exudes a toxic milky latex from all parts of it. Renowned for its beautiful wood, it is a medium-sized, semi-deciduous tree with a round crown of which occurs in low altitude bushveld, often in woodland, on watercourses and savannas. Leaves are simple and the margins are finely toothed. The bark is rough, looking almost like crocodile skin.

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Hi Senyetse

Could it be the Naboom Euphorbia (Euphorbia ingens)?


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Nope not the Naboom, correct family though :)

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Spirostachys africana, the tamboti?

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:clap: Restio .... Spirostachys africana .... I confirm ... :D

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Agree on Tamboti. The only thing is that it is not a protected tree under the list of protected trees of the GOVERNMENT GAZETTE NO 9542 SCHEDULE A. I know that this list is currently under revision and the Tamboti will be certainly included. (Is the new list out yet?)


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Hi there

I think am am going to go with Tamboti (Spirostachys africana) seeing as my previous answer was incorrect.


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The tamboti is right. restio gets the prize! :lol:

From www.plantafrica.com:

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The tamboti is a protected tree in South Africa.


Seems their source is outdated or incorrect?

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It is not suitable as firewood because the smoke is toxic and will cause diarrhoea if meat roasted on the coals is eaten. ... Although the latex is very toxic to humans it does have traditional medicinal uses, for example, a drop of the fresh latex is applied to a painful tooth as painkiller. The bark is used to treat stomach pains but large dosages will cause damage to the internal organs.

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Well done restio

I'm just gonna watch for a while as I'm stummped here most of the time - I find this quite difficult - will join in every now and again if I'm brave enough to sound totally stupid

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Thanks, Senyetse!

ZZ, hope you will guess - we've all got to start somewhere. I have a definite advantage here: my dad's got a PhD in Botany. :lol:


This tree is multi-stemmed, and is usually as broad as it is high. It has the ability to resprout from epicormic buds – i.e. buds on the trunk of the tree. It is also dioecious, i.e. there are male trees and female trees.

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Ok I guess

Podocarpus elongatus
Family: Podocarpaceae (Yellowwood Family)
Common Names: Breede River Yellowwood ( Eng. ), Breëriviergeelhout, Westelike Geelhout (Afr.)

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Must be from the Proteaceae family. The only dioecious species in this family will be the Cone bushes..... Help me out I am from the Bushveld ... :roll:

These things are way too close to the coast and I hate saltwater


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