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20 trees in knp for beginners

Unread post by forestgump » Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:00 am

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
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Re: 20 trees in knp for beginners

Unread post by forestgump » Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:10 am

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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Re: 20 trees in knp for beginners

Unread post by forestgump » Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:23 am

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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Unread post by Snow Zee » Sat Feb 06, 2010 6:49 pm

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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Re: 20 trees in knp for beginners

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sat Feb 06, 2010 9:02 pm

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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Re: 20 trees in knp for beginners

Unread post by Chappie » Sat Feb 06, 2010 9:27 pm

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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Re: 20 trees in knp for beginners

Unread post by Lockie » Sat Feb 06, 2010 9:49 pm

Forestgump...great thread :thumbs_up:

Thanks Chappie...very informative especially about the edible fruit and milk :thumbs_up:

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Re: 20 trees in knp for beginners

Unread post by Snow Zee » Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:20 pm

That tree at Satara is beautiful...wonder how old it is (SO says 90 years!)
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Re: 20 trees in knp for beginners

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:38 am

Thanks Chappie :thumbs_up: what a comprehensive answer.

Snow Zee, the tree is on the main road from Olifants about 13 kms from Satara. I always look out for it as I find it very beautiful indeed.

I will be looking through more photos for trees. I am one of those folk who love trees, but get confused by the many choices. I am learning though.
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Re: 20 trees in knp for beginners

Unread post by forestgump » Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:03 am

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Lowveld Cluster-leaf or Purple-Pod Terminalia Terminalia prunoides

Occurs in Ecozones C,D,L,P,J in KNP.

Easy to ID as it has flat, oval purple pods for most of the year ( summer to winter )

Pods were used to dye clothes or leather , before I was born.
Timber used in making huts,pick/axe handles and fuel.
Brown-headed Parrots, baboons and monkeys eat the green pods. Elephant,giraffe, kudu & impala eat the leaves.
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Re: 20 trees in knp for beginners

Unread post by michel367 » Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:11 pm

I addition to Chappie's excelent reply on the Baobab.
I have heard that the San also use the nuts inside the fruit to make some kind of coffee out of it.
Is that true? :hmz:

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Re: 20 trees in knp for beginners

Unread post by forestgump » Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:26 pm

Baobab


Consumption: In immature pods, the seeds and pulp are eaten together. With mature pods, the pulp is pounded to remove the seeds; after removing the seeds, the dried pod pulp is pounded to produce a flour. The flour is then used to make pudding or drinks. The fruit has a pleasant flavor but is acidic. The seeds are roasted and consumed.

MICHEL367 :thumbs_up: will try and find out more on the San roasting nuts for coffee
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Re: 20 trees in knp for beginners

Unread post by Toko » Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:00 pm

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Hi forestgump and evrybody,

it's a superb idea your tree online corse and I like the idea to illustrate it with fotos. Here my favorite tree!!! and the only one I can ID...

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Re: 20 trees in knp for beginners

Unread post by forestgump » Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:22 pm

Kigelia africana , Sausage tree, Toko thanks for the photo's :thumbs_up: :cam:

Not a good tree to plant in parking lots !
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Re: 20 trees in knp for beginners

Unread post by forestgump » Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:35 pm

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I'll skip the technical jargon , but this is what the leaves look like, they are thick,
rigid and very leathery to the touch.
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