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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Tue Feb 13, 2007 6:48 pm

My best ever novel is "The Little Prince"

Best quotations in history, "you are always responsible for that which you have tamed"

another one,
"what is important is invisable to the eye"

Eish.. this is nobel winning stuff.

Last one from Nelson Mandela,
"We are most afraid of our own power"
The bird doesn't sing because it has answers, it sings because it has a song.

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Unread post by bucky » Wed Feb 14, 2007 7:50 am

Just 1 more imo , the sycamore fig .
I was heartbroken that so many were lost along the sabie in the flood .

That said , its hard to try make up sich a list .

Arks , I don't think as South Africans that most of us recognise a lot of trees , the umbrella thorn can be very easy to confuse with the paperbark thorn also , as this has a classic umbrella top also
:D .
Also most of us city dwellers are used to the exotics that were planted here .

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Unread post by arks » Wed Feb 14, 2007 4:24 pm

bucky wrote:Arks , I don't think as South Africans that most of us recognise a lot of trees , the umbrella thorn can be very easy to confuse with the paperbark thorn also , as this has a classic umbrella top also

I didn't know that, bucky :redface: , assumed all umbrella-topped thorn trees were "umbrella" thorns :roll: :wink:

Also agree with you that Sycamore fig should be included. It's one of the first SA trees that a visitor learns to ID, because it's reasonably distinctive and recognisable. There are still plenty on this poll list that I can't ID at all :(
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Unread post by bucky » Thu Feb 15, 2007 2:20 pm

Lol me neither , I can ID 9 of those , some needing a good look .

Spose it doesnt help that there are over 300 different trees , with a lot of shrubs that might look like trees over and above that .

Umbrella thorn has a slightly smaller stem , and has dark rough bark .
A paperbark thorn has light flakey bark .
There are a lot of paperbark thorns along the schoemanskloof road , I still cant decide if they were planted or are natural .

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Unread post by Wild about cats » Thu Feb 15, 2007 3:10 pm

Baobab :D
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Unread post by jaapvandijk » Thu Feb 15, 2007 9:42 pm

this aint fun!! choosing one out of a list with so many cool tree's!

Well.... they have all their own characteristics. so its difficult choosing one.
But the baobab is the first tree that tells me Im home..
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Unread post by Jazil » Thu Feb 15, 2007 10:01 pm

Tamboti for me out of the list provided...... why? Just because.
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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Fri Feb 16, 2007 6:23 am

I have put my tick next to fever tree. (difficult to choose)
When I start seeing the fever trees close to Nelspruit, I know we are almost there.
It is also has such an unusual colouring.
The most beautiful fever tree I have ever seen is in Skukuza Village.
I also think it got a bad rap in being blamed for Maleria.
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Unread post by bucky » Fri Feb 16, 2007 6:39 am

Yay , another fever tree lover .
Same taste in trees and beer :D .

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Unread post by MarkWildDog » Sat Feb 17, 2007 10:01 am

Arks & Bucky;

The Sycamore Fig is included but under it's most-used name the Common Cluster Fig. It's the same tree. :wink:

Wow Baobab is doing really well!

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Unread post by arks » Sat Feb 17, 2007 3:31 pm

MarkWildDog wrote:The Sycamore Fig is included but under it's most-used name the Common Cluster Fig. It's the same tree. :wink:

Are trees being "renamed" as well as birds? :roll: My tree book, Piet van Wyk's Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park, doesn't mention a "common cluster fig", only the Sycamore fig. It's not even given as an alternative name :?
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Unread post by bucky » Mon Feb 19, 2007 8:38 am

Checked my ref books , and 1 of them does indeed call it the common cluster fig , so :redface: .

I was thinking of the other common fig tree , that you find in the bush but not along the rivers .

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Unread post by bucky » Mon Feb 19, 2007 4:27 pm

I have checked this out a little more throughly .
My biggest and newest book lists 19 types of ficus (Fig) trees in South Africa , and I am sure there may be more .
There common names all end in fig , although only 2 have "common" in there common names :lol:.

The 2 in question here are the Ficus sycomorus and ficus thonningii .

Ficus sycomorus - Common cluster fig , sycamore fig tree .
Habitat - bushveld ,on alluvial soils next to rivers and streams .

Ficus thonningii - Common wild fig
Habitat - bushveld

Both are large and of similar shape , although the sycomorus trees along the larger rivers are the biggest .
The sycomorus has white-yellowish bark which flakes off in patches , while the thonningii has smooth grey bark .

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Unread post by Jazil » Mon Feb 19, 2007 10:33 pm

Bucky, isn't the ficus capenses. or broom cluster fig (I think) not also very common? We have masses of them here, and we are also middle to low veld? Am I foncusing things again?

WE had the most amazing ficus sycamorus in our garden in the real lowveld years ago, it was enormous, its girth would have taken about four to five people standing finger tip to finger tip to get round it. It was magnificent.
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Unread post by arks » Tue Feb 20, 2007 5:25 am

Thanks for clarifying, bucky. Interesting that my old(er) book doesn't give the Sycamore fig any other names but that, hence my never having heard of a "Common cluster fig".
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