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Unread post by gwendolen » Fri Sep 09, 2005 10:00 am

Big six?

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Unread post by arks » Fri Sep 09, 2005 2:19 pm

gwendolen wrote:The Umbrella Thorn really needs to be in.

I agree with Gwen on this. It is one of the most recognisable of all the trees. I'm not much of a tree expert, so I don't know all of those you list in your big 10, but the ones I DO know are baobab, marula, sausage tree, fever tree and umbrella thorn. They are likely the easiest to recognise and to me, all them then are emblematic of Africa.

I'd probably also recognise the Sycamore Fig and I recognise mopani as a shrub seen everywhere in the north (but might not recognise it as a tree). For the others, I'd have to study a tree book. Anyway, that's my argument for including the umbrella thorn. It, like the baobab, just "means" Africa â€â€

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Unread post by Jakkalsbessie » Tue Sep 13, 2005 9:06 am

fevertree wrote:If it were up to me then, I would then take out the Natal Mahogany and put the Umbrella Thorn back in the list. How does that sound to everyone?

Then we can start making a list of the ten rarest trees in the park..... :lol:

Ok i will agree with this... i can see the centiment behind the Umbrella Thorn.
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Unread post by Elsa » Wed Jul 26, 2006 5:39 pm

I'm sure this tree will be one of the "big 10" but I,m not sure what it is.
It is growing on the H5 near the H4-2 junction, a most magnificant tree.

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Unread post by bucky » Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:16 pm

Looks like a sycamore fig tree , although im not 100 percent sure .
Could also be a big maroela .

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Unread post by bucky » Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:39 pm

Jakkalsbessie wrote:
fevertree wrote:We have already expand it to Top Ten :roll:

Yep we had difficulty in deciding on 10 only... there are so many but here's the TTTT (the top ten trees) :lol:

nyala tree
sycamore fig
sausage tree
Apple leaf
natal mahogany

In no particular order.

Baobab - deffs
Nyala tree - no
Jackalberry - deffs
Sycamore fig - Deffs
Marula- deffs
Fevertree - Obviously
Sausage tree - deffs
leadwood - deffs
apple leaf - no
natal mahoganny - not sure .

My additions -
Umbrealla thorn - its in every sunset photo for goodness sakes
African teak - huge tree , only in northern natal and eastern lowveld
Mopani - Also mostly a knp lowveld only tree , .It plays such an important role , and is a very prolific tree in the park .
There are huge specimines also , the scrub found around mopani camp is due to localised soil conditions .

What a lot to choose from eisha .

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Big Five Trees

Unread post by Alta Gatley » Mon Apr 02, 2012 11:33 am

I am trying to confirm the Big Five Trees.
So far In have:-
Fever tree
Knob thorn

Are these for KNP only or SA

What about Ficus & Nyala Berry

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Re: Big Five Trees

Unread post by cheetah2111 » Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:57 pm

Hi Alta Gatley Image

The List you gave is Krugers big 5 trees :D

then there is
The six common big trees
- apple-leaf
- knob thorn acacia
- leadwood bushwillow
- Marula
- Mopani
- Silver Cluster Leaf

The Unique (looking) Five
- Baobab
- Fever tree Acacia
- Lala palm
- Umbrella Thorn
- Wild date palm
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