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Kruger Trees

Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Jan 12, 2005 8:29 am

For me, those huge wild fig trees growing on the riverbanks are one of the most beautiful and spectacular ingredients of the Kruger.

The fever tree forest in the Pafuri is also breathtaking!

Does anyone know how old the most southern baobab in the Kruger is? I have also heard that a baobab was found in Mozambique even more south. Has anyone seen it?

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Unread postby paul » Wed Jan 12, 2005 8:11 pm

Hi wildtuinman

Ive heard that the most southern baobab is 3000yrs old if thats true im not sure. I have to agree with you on the Wild fig trees growing along the rivers(Spectacular :) )

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Re: Kruger Trees

Unread postby Meg » Fri Mar 04, 2005 5:52 pm

wildtuinman wrote: I have also heard that a baobab was found in Mozambique even more south. Has anyone seen it?


There is one in the botanical gardens in Nelspruit, but nothing like the age of the Southernmost in Kruger - I wonder if it was planted?

My father in law has friends near Gravelot who have a pub inside a huge baobab! Unfortunately they had a terrible car accident a year or so ago, so I'm not sure if the pub is still open or not.
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Unread postby Guinea Pig » Fri Mar 04, 2005 5:57 pm

My favourite part of KNP concerning trees is most definitely the Northern part. That Fever Tree forest is awesome - it has a sense of desolation about it found nowhere else in the Park. When you come from the Transvaal Highveld like me, a baobab tree is really something to admire.

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Unread postby Meg » Sat Mar 05, 2005 9:25 am

Guinea Pig wrote:My favourite part of KNP concerning trees is most definitely the Northern part. That Fever Tree forest is awesome - it has a sense of desolation about it found nowhere else in the Park. When you come from the Transvaal Highveld like me, a baobab tree is really something to admire.


And don't forget all the Mopani trees further south. Such beautiful leaves. Once at Mooiplaas there was a broken bit of branch on the ground at the toilets, but still fresh. I took one of the leaves (naughty) and pressed it inbetween two lens cleaning tissues. It now comes everywhere with me, a nice reminder of the beauty there 8) .
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Mar 10, 2005 11:36 am

The leadwood tree is also known as the 3000 year tree. It takes 1000 years to reach maturity, 1000 years to die and 1000 years to rot away. Truely amamzing!
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Unread postby Pilane » Thu Mar 10, 2005 7:00 pm

The leadwood tree is also known as the 3000 year tree. It takes 1000 years to reach maturity, 1000 years to die and 1000 years to rot away. Truely amamzing!


And one cubic meter of leadwood weighs in at 1000 kg!

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Unread postby Guinea Pig » Thu Mar 10, 2005 7:03 pm

Are those the trees used by carvers of roadside ornaments in Zim? :? In SA use of the Maroela has lead to problems - said by someone else on the forum.

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Fri Mar 11, 2005 6:13 am

Guinea Pig wrote:Are those the trees used by carvers of roadside ornaments in Zim? :? In SA use of the Maroela has lead to problems - said by someone else on the forum.


Leadwoods r very hard and I think therefore tough to carve. The Maroela story is to be found in the latest Wildcard booklet.
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Unread postby Meg » Fri Mar 11, 2005 9:17 am

Pilane wrote:
The leadwood tree is also known as the 3000 year tree. It takes 1000 years to reach maturity, 1000 years to die and 1000 years to rot away. Truely amamzing!


And one cubic meter of leadwood weighs in at 1000 kg!


So leadwood has the same weight as water? That is interesting.
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Unread postby Twiga » Fri Mar 11, 2005 10:54 pm

I've heard that the baobab flowers in June. Is this true?
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Unread postby Freda » Fri Mar 11, 2005 10:59 pm

I thought it was October/November

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Unread postby Twiga » Fri Mar 11, 2005 11:47 pm

We just heard on our Kruger DVD that a eucalyptus tree uses 150 - 200 litres per day! :shock: They grow in Sabie for purposes of paper and wood and live off the Sabie river. This is one of the reasons why they started the working for water project.
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Fevertree and Palm tree near Crook's Corner

Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Aug 11, 2005 7:14 am

Just thought that it was very interesting to see these two tree so close together.Where did I see them and what type of Palm tree is it?

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Unread postby Guinea Pig » Thu Aug 11, 2005 8:18 am

I have a pic of the same palm! :lol: I won't answer yet though. Just to let you know I think I know exactly where it is.

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