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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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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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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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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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Re: Tree ID help

Unread post by arks » Mon Feb 16, 2015 12:04 am

Here's another tree that I'm hoping that someone can ID for me. I saw this one along the Mahonie Loop in KNP in early November 2014.

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Re: Tree ID help

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Mon Feb 16, 2015 12:37 pm

Consulted with my 'on hand expert'..... The tree looks like a Weeping Boerbean Schotia brachypetala, But looking at the pods.....there are different leaves near them, so it is likely there is a creeper in the tree. Would need clearer pics of the creeper to identify.
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Re: Tree ID help

Unread post by arks » Mon Feb 16, 2015 2:58 pm

Thanks for the suggestion, EJ. However, when I googled, it looks like the weeping boerbean pods are quite different (shorter, flatter, and sometimes sickle shaped) from the long, skinny pods on this tree?

Unless you think that those pods belong to the creeper? Unfortunately I don't have any closer pix of the leaves .....
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Re: Tree ID help

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Mon Feb 16, 2015 3:02 pm

Sorry yes, meant the pods made us look closer and notice that there seemed to be different leaves present. They probably belong to the creeper.
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Re: Tree ID help

Unread post by arks » Mon Feb 23, 2015 11:38 pm

Whoops! :redface: Looks like I never included the 'lightened' photo, so here it is

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arks wrote:OK, I've cropped and lightened the photo of the pod(s), perhaps that helps with ID? And the tree itself is a weeping boerbean? Much thanks to you and your "on hand expert" for your help with this. Very interesting that the pods are a creeper and not the tree.

I actually took the photos for the rainy day atmosphere that day (all the different shades of green on the hillside), then zoomed in on the pods hoping that they would help to ID the foreground tree :wink: :roll:
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