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which tree?

Unread post by lucbo » Thu Oct 08, 2015 11:20 am

On our last visit of 15-25 september I took this picture of an elephant herd somewhere between Lower Sabie and Skukuza along the river bank. Looking at the picture now, it strikes me how the elephants are dwarfed by the huge tree in the background. Which type of tree is this?
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Re: which tree?

Unread post by Rooies » Thu Oct 08, 2015 12:07 pm

Baobab would get my vote.
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Unread post by arks » Thu Oct 08, 2015 12:10 pm

Definitely NOT a baobab. Perhaps a sycamore fig?
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Unread post by RosemaryH » Thu Oct 08, 2015 12:10 pm

Looking at the shape and not being able to see the leaves I would go with Nyala tree :hmz:

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Re: which tree?

Unread post by lucbo » Thu Oct 08, 2015 2:57 pm

Thank you very much for the suggestions. Baobab is unlikely because we saw a lot of them in the north in the same period and they were all without leaves.
I looked up the description of the Nyala tree and it seems to fit well with what we saw: grows along rivers, evergreen, shape ...

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Unread post by Philip1 » Thu Oct 08, 2015 4:35 pm

:hmz: Could even be a "old" Sausage Tree. :think:
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Re: which tree?

Unread post by lion queen » Thu Oct 08, 2015 4:47 pm

arks wrote:Definitely NOT a baobab. Perhaps a sycamore fig?


Arks, I that was my first thought to!

Sycamore Fig ( Ficus sycomorus)
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Re: which tree?

Unread post by Rooies » Fri Oct 09, 2015 8:31 am

Until the real experts have identified this magnificent tree, we call it diospyros moersii aka 'die moerse boom' :twisted:
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Unread post by George_Brits » Fri Oct 09, 2015 9:02 am

:lol: :lol: Rooies, I agree with you, its indeed a fine specimen of diospyros moersii

Arks, Lionqueen, I have to agree with you, its a Sycamore Fig, and a fine specimen at that. Now I long to be in the Kruger :|

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Unread post by lucbo » Fri Oct 09, 2015 9:50 am

I do not really speak Afrikaans, but I visited this beautiful country sufficient times to understand that "moerse" can mean a lot of things … :hmz:

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Unread post by Rooies » Fri Oct 09, 2015 10:21 am

Apologies, but the word 'moerse' used to be taboo, but as the mores of society changed, the use of the word became more acceptable. It actually means bigger than big. Like in big, bigger biggest, moerse. The same as the word 'gatvol' It is used by all South African to indicate that one is beyond fed up with something. A potato spud is called "n aartappel moer" We use the word bout en moer like in bolt and nut. So, I don't know what explanation you got for 'moerse' but it is used quite often.
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Re: which tree?

Unread post by lucbo » Fri Oct 09, 2015 10:55 am

Okeeey. Thank you for the explanation. I can live with "moerse tree" or "moerse boom" as name for that magnificent tree, but , no offense meant, perhaps a true dendrologist might give the genuine latin name ... :D

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Re: which tree?

Unread post by George_Brits » Fri Oct 09, 2015 11:27 am

lucbo wrote:Okeeey. Thank you for the explanation. I can live with "moerse tree" or "moerse boom" as name for that magnificent tree, but , no offense meant, perhaps a true dendrologist might give the genuine latin name ... :D


Hi Lucbo, it seems to be a Ficus sycomorus or Sycamore Fig tree, the Sycamore Fig Tree can attain great heights, sometimes growing 15 meters in height or more. It is quite easy to identify, having a distinctive yellowish bark and fluted, buttressed trunk.

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Re: which tree?

Unread post by lucbo » Fri Oct 09, 2015 12:14 pm

Thank you so much.

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Re: which tree?

Unread post by andretrees » Sat Oct 10, 2015 1:48 pm

I would definitely go for Nyala tree ( Xanthocercis zambesiaca) although they seem more prevalent in the north than the south. Note the rounded crown as opposed to the traditionally spreading crown of Ficus sycamorus. Nyala trees have fine textured compound leaves whereas the ficus has rough textured simple leaves (15×15cm) which are lighter in colour than those of the nyala. Look at the half cut off tree on the right closer to the photographer which in my opinion is the same as the tree in question-it is fine textured.


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