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Tue Oct 09, 2007 4:11 pm Unread post
Hi all

There are so many animal quizzes and very few tree quizzes so I think it is time for a tree quizz.

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normal revolving quizz rules.

Anyway here is the first question:

What Acacia species is often confused with the African Weeping Wattle?


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Tue Oct 09, 2007 5:03 pm Unread post
Acacia Tortilis, Acacia Nilotica, Acacia Senegal ???

Indeed, when not in flower, the Peltophorum africanum can easily be confused with an acacia tree, except that it is completely without thorns.



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Tue Oct 09, 2007 6:59 pm Unread post
wow, great idea naturelover :clap:

i'm gonna guess the Acacia baileyana, Acacia covenyi, or the Acacia dealbata.
when they are in flower :)



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Tue Oct 09, 2007 8:35 pm Unread post
I Guess Acacia haemotoxylon - Grey camel thorn?



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Tue Oct 09, 2007 9:10 pm Unread post
A. caffra



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Wed Oct 10, 2007 7:51 am Unread post
Yep, agree wih Pilane - the common hook thorn Acacia caffra :)



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Wed Oct 10, 2007 8:01 pm Unread post
Hi All

Nope none of you are correct so I am going to give you guys a clue the name of species refers to the name of the botanist Joseph Burke who catalogued it.



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Wed Oct 10, 2007 8:21 pm Unread post
Acacia burkei, the Black Monkey-thorn.



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Thu Oct 11, 2007 3:47 pm Unread post
Hi all

Spot on Restio the Acacia burkei commonly known as the Black Monkey-thorn is easily mistaken with the African Weeping Wattle.
Did you know that Weaping Wattle leaves can used as toilet paper if you are ever in the bush and do not have any (not that I have ever tried it).
However it would be wise to first know the difference between them and the Black Monkey-thorn because using the wrong one could have very painful results!!!

Anyway enough from me, over to you Restio.



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Fri Oct 12, 2007 12:02 am Unread post
Thanks, NL for those interesting facts. I wouldn't have got it without your second clue. :D


This is a striking, shapely evergreen tree. Its large, compound leaves are a bluish green. The leaves grow in a cluster around the crown of a tree, in a similar fashion to those of a palm.



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Fri Oct 12, 2007 5:47 am Unread post
Lala palm - classified in my book as a tree?



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Fri Oct 12, 2007 11:15 am Unread post
@ naturelover

In university botany and during field guide training I was taught that it is the common hook thorn that can very easily be confused with the african wattle. This is because the common hook thorn has very small recurved thorns that are sometimes absent on some branches and the wattle has no thorns and very similar leaves.

The monkey thorn has quite well developed recurved thorns so it would be less easily confused with the wattle but it is possible nevertheless. :)



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Bluegum tree???



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Fri Oct 12, 2007 12:14 pm Unread post
The cabbage tree Cussonia paniculata?



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@ Senyetse
I agree 100 percent with you!
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