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Tree: Large-fruited Bushwillow/Raasblaar (Combretum zeyheri)

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Tree: Large-fruited Bushwillow/Raasblaar (Combretum zeyheri)

Unread post by arks » Sat Dec 01, 2007 4:04 am

Here are my next two mysteries, both trees. Even tho I have a (20+ year old) KNP tree book, I still struggle with trees :? . I know these first two are figs, both seen along the river at Shimuwini, but I've no idea what sort or even whether they are the same sort. With the first one, the figs seemed to grow individually, while on the second one, the figs seemed to be in clusters :? :?

This is more of a shrub than a tree and I saw it along the S131 between Shimuwini and Letaba.

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Unread post by Jeanus » Thu Dec 13, 2007 12:59 pm

Hi Arks

A tip - when I.ding a tree often a picture of the whole thing is of great help as well as the all important close up. For your second tree look at the Combretums. I suspecr rhat zeyheri is a good possibility
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Unread post by arks » Thu Dec 13, 2007 10:21 pm

Thanks, Jeanus! Good point about taking pix of the whole tree or shrub, as well as closeups of leaves, etc. I didn't do that with that shrub, just those two pix of the leaves :redface:
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Unread post by Jeanus » Fri Dec 14, 2007 12:10 pm

I am relatively sure of this being zeyheri. It does sometimes become a large tree but in areas of the Kruger seems to take on a shrubby form. Has a sort of slightly droopy aspect to the leaves (for a Combretum and the leaves are larger and greener than the red bush willow but still have a slight point to the tip.
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Unread post by arks » Fri Dec 14, 2007 3:59 pm

Many thanks again, Jeanus! ID of plants and trees is always a puzzle for me, partly because as a somewhat infrequent visitor, I haven't got (m)any plant/tree books, as schlepping them back and forth becomes a major issue — especially with the increased restrictions on luggage and carryon weight :( Also, it sounds to me from several discussions I've read that there really isn't one good "generalist" book for plants and trees. Thus, the answers and input I'm getting here really add lots to my knowledge!
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