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Schotia brachypetala - Weeping Boerbean

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Bushbuck
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Schotia brachypetala - Weeping Boerbean

Unread post by Bushbuck » Sat Oct 08, 2011 1:05 pm

Hi, we just returned from a visit to that area.
On the road between Phabeni Gate and Skukuza we had noticed some big flowering trees.
The flowers are red. We were unable to figure out the name of those trees.
Any idea what their name might be?

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granjan
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Re: Name of trees with red flowers between Phabeni and Skuku

Unread post by granjan » Sat Oct 08, 2011 3:06 pm

Hi Bushbuck,
Were the flowers like these?
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1012911 631 by jansp, on Flickr
IF so, I think it's a weeping boerboon but someone more knowledgeable might be able to confirm.

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Re: Name of trees with red flowers between Phabeni and Skuku

Unread post by Imberbe » Sat Oct 08, 2011 3:41 pm

Yes, the Weaping boer bean or Huilboerboon trees are in full bloom at the moment. A stunning clear red flower on a big green tree, usually growing next to a stream or river bed. They have an excelent tasting nectar, worth sampling if you find one in camp. Just tap the flowers on your hand. It will release the clear nectar.
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Bushbuck
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Re: Name of trees with red flowers between Phabeni and Skuku

Unread post by Bushbuck » Sat Oct 08, 2011 6:33 pm

Thank you so much to the two of you! It got to be the Weeping boer-bean. Great help!


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