Tree: Fever Tree (Acacia xanthophloea)

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Tree: Fever Tree (Acacia xanthophloea)

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reinette wrote:This is probably one of the trees nobody can miss with its lime green bark. And to see a few of them together is amazing. We've seen them from the Crocodile River up to Pafuri.
The common names are: Fever tree (English), Koorsboom (Afrikaans), mooka-kwena (Northern Sotho), umHlosinga (Zulu), nkelenga (Tsonga), munzhelenga (Venda).


There is a fabulous speciment just off the S28 on the Southern end, I always meant to get a pic of it when the light was best but somehow have ended up not doing it. :?
I am going to make a point of it next trip. :D
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One of our favourites too. There are a number on the H10 beyond the Mlondozi dam and Muntshe hills. We had a dear, now departed, friend who loved them and we bought one from the Skukuza nursery for her. It flourished in their Kensington (Jhb) garden.
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I notice a number of people have planted Fever Trees in my area, north G'teng and they seem to do very well. I was told that they will never reach the lovely proportions that they do in the low veld, due to our weather.

For those going to the cricket at Skukuza, one of the most magnificent specimens is in Skukuza Village, close to the church.
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My daughter (piker) has two beautiful Fever Trees in their garden in Broadacres and last year they gave me one. Mine must have doubled in size in 12 months. I agree with you MM - I don't think they will grow to the same proportions that they do in the low veld but they are beautiful non the less!


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Fever Tree Forest is Dying

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Sadly, the days of the iconic fever tree forest near Crooks Corner are numbered. It is being destroyed by elephants. The elephants are tearing the bark off with their tusks and stripping it away with their trunks. I sat and watched this a few days ago. The trees don't need to be ringbarked, even a relatively small section of exposed sapwood then rots out the trunks.
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The trees then just topple over.
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This is the result of elephant overpopulation.
The forest will not regenerate because the saplings are being eaten as soon as they emerge.
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Interestingly enough, I was fortunate enough to be able to visit the (far more extensive) fever tree forest(s) just north of the Levuhu River near Crook's corner about three weeks ago (in the Makuleke concession). So while the forest near the Pafuri picnic site has certainly diminished over the past few decades, this does not appear to be the case just a few km to the north.
What was very interesting to me though, was to learn that the section of fever tree forest that I am referring to was only established after floods in the late 1970s. I had always had this notion that these trees had been around for a very long time. We also learnt that the fever trees have a relatively short life-span. (In this regard Chacma's comment regarding the destruction of saplings is very relevant).
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Re: Fever Tree Forest is Dying

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Thanks Albert, I would love to see the forest to the north.
Yes fever trees are fast growing, I have one in my garden.
Apparently a huge number of saplings emerged on the south side after the last floods, but they are all gone now. The survival of the forests really depends on a balanced ecosystem, and the abudance of elephants is throwing it off balance.
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I also do think the extreme drought is having an effect on the behaviour of the ellies as much of their natural other food is unavailable.
Lets hope the good rains come soon to the north of the park to get the other vegatation growing and help alleviate the situation somewhat.
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Yes Elsa I agree that they do destroy bark more in times of drought.
However this damage has been going on for some years now, the toppled trees are well rotted.
Since culling is no longer considered palatable, I see only one alternative: vasectomies all round!
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Chacma wrote:Apparently a huge number of saplings emerged on the south side after the last floods, but they are all gone now. The survival of the forests really depends on a balanced ecosystem, and the abudance of elephants is throwing it off balance.
I can confirm that the Fever Tree forests on the northern side of the Luvuvhu, as well as along the Limpopo and east of Nwambi Pan are in rude health. Plenty of recruitment after the 2013 floods too, and boy are they growing fast.

I do not think there is any major difference in elephant abundance on either bank of the Luvuvhu, so there must be other factors in play. Bear in mind that elephant numbers also fluctuate strongly according to the season. In winter they are a dime a dozen, in summer there's nary an elephant to be found. As soon as the rains come the herds scoot right out of the valley, leaving only a few bulls at best.

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