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Unread post by Meg » Thu Mar 03, 2005 7:00 pm

Besides the obvious beauty of the ancient baobab, I reckon the sausage tree has the most character in the park. Not only does it look cool with the crazy sausages hanging off it, but it has a number of medicinal uses as well.

Traditionally it has been used as an antibacterial and to soothe skin disorders such as eczema. I've also read that recently the fruit has started being used in modern anti aging creams. For the muskateers, you may be more interested in the fact that it's also used traditionally in beer :lol:

Anyone else have a favourite tree in the Parks?

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Unread post by EricExSA » Thu Mar 03, 2005 10:11 pm

I dont know if this counts but I love looking at the trees that have fallen down becouse of Elephants, lighting etc. Only if they could talk
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Unread post by Pilane » Thu Mar 03, 2005 10:19 pm

Umbrella thorn (Acacia tortils)
Trade mark of the African savanna...

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Unread post by jaapvandijk » Thu Mar 03, 2005 10:26 pm

Cool topic! 8)

Well there are quite a few trees I like.
but I choose the buffalo-thorn (blinkblaar-wag-`n-bietjie).
Just have a look at the strange zig-zag way the twigs grow. at the end of each zig(zag) you can find a pair of thorns. this pair consists out of curved thorn and out of a straight one. really amazing, just have a close look. its real interesting!

plant parts used:
the roots, bark or leaves are used separately or in combination.

medicinial uses:
warm bark infusions (sometimes with roots or leaves added) are used as expectorants (also as emetics) in cough and chest problems, while root infusions are popular as a remedy for diarrhoea an dysentery. decoctions of roots and leaves (or chewed leaves) are applied externally to boils, sores and landular swellings, not only to promote healing but also for pain relief.

active ingredients:
serveral alkaloids, are known grom Ziziphus spiecies. about 12 structurally related alkaloids from this class have been isolated from the roots, stem bark and leaves of the buffalo-thorn. mucronine D is a typical example.

Well that should do for the buffalo thorn. You can eat the berries as well, but they seems to have a laxative effect. :D :D

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Unread post by Oumie » Thu Mar 03, 2005 11:45 pm

I do not know much about the works of the trees, :?
but my favourite tree is the "Fever Tree"
They are just beautiful :!:

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Unread post by wildtuinman » Fri Mar 04, 2005 7:35 am

I swear you guys can read my mind. Just yesterday I thought about all these that u have posted here. :lol:

Regarding the fever tree: Old travellers thought that it gave them malaria. Hence the name fever.

I am disperately trying to learn to id trees. It will be on of my challenges this trip. Hope we can have a tree quiz soon as I love trees and would like to c that more people appreciate it and realise that buying of firewood and wood crafts on way to Kruger is a death warrant to out beautifull and some majestic life forms on earth!

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Unread post by hornbill » Fri Mar 04, 2005 9:30 am

My favourite's are all the Acacia trees (I've been told that I've planted enough Acacia trees at home and am not allowed to plant any more!!).

When we occasionally go somewhere else, I never feel I'm home again until I see these trees.

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Unread post by jaapvandijk » Fri Mar 04, 2005 2:51 pm

Pilane wrote:The Zulu nation belief that the straight thorn points to the future and the shorter curvedone to the past and is therfore used in burial cerimonies. the Swanas believe that lightning will strike you if you cut the tree down

Use the leaves with your next green salad .


well this in an interesting fact about the buffalo thorn.
I heard a story that zoeloe wil even take a twig back home with the spirrit/soul of a dead zoeloe (a not alive zoeloe). only if the body cant be brought back to its land. they use a twig to carry the soul back to his land. they will even buy two tickets for the bus. one for the spirit/soul and one for the man who is bringing back its spirit/souland back at home they preform the burial ceimonies using the twig of the buffalo thorn.
(I dont know if this is true ore false I did hear this on my trip to SA. maybe someone can help me out here?!)

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Unread post by jaapvandijk » Fri Mar 04, 2005 8:47 pm

Pilane wrote:Jaap, You are 100% correct on the Bufalo thorn and the Zulu tradition. I just did'nt had time this morning for it all. (That is why I just said burial cermonies)

thnx
now I can tell others about it.

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Unread post by craigsa » Sat Mar 12, 2005 6:57 pm

Hi all

I always thought why would people want to look at trees etc... I did a game ranging course and learnt all of this stuff and now i love going around been able to identify most trees and tell you stuff about them.. It now also keeps me busy if the wildlife viewing is slow.. I have taken a real likening to them.. Strange..

Jaap/Pilane you took and explained my favourite tree perfectly... Buffalo thorn...
Other favourites are apple leaf, nyala, bushwillow family
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Unread post by Twiga » Sat Mar 12, 2005 7:06 pm

My favourite is the umbrella thorn and the baobab! :P
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Unread post by wildtuinman » Mon Mar 14, 2005 1:27 pm

Meg wrote:
wildtuinman wrote:Weeping wattle. Purely for the use as toilet paper! :lol:


rotflmao!!! :lol: :lol:


What? I am serious! :?
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Unread post by wildtuinman » Mon Mar 14, 2005 1:39 pm

Guinea Pig wrote::lol: I DON'T even want to ask how you found THAT out! :lol:


Geez Louise guys cut me some wattle here! :lol:
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Unread post by Pilane » Mon Mar 14, 2005 7:27 pm

.. and when you have used all the leaves of the weeping wattle you can stop the diarrhoea with a decoction of powderded bark and a piece of the root stem.

Save a leaf or two for later- mix with water and it will make a nice soapy foam to wash your hands.

Just be cearfull when in flower bees are normally attracted in great numbers so carefully check for any before you do any wiping! :D :D :D

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charming..

Unread post by wildjohn » Wed Mar 16, 2005 11:41 pm

Pilane,

You ended that off with a charming note... :)


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