Favourite Trees

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Besides the obvious beauty of the ancient baobab, I reckon the sausage tree has the most character in the park. Not only does it look cool with the crazy sausages hanging off it, but it has a number of medicinal uses as well.

Traditionally it has been used as an antibacterial and to soothe skin disorders such as eczema. I've also read that recently the fruit has started being used in modern anti aging creams. For the muskateers, you may be more interested in the fact that it's also used traditionally in beer :lol:

Anyone else have a favourite tree in the Parks?

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Umbrella thorn (Acacia tortils)
Trade mark of the African savanna...
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I do not know much about the works of the trees, :?
but my favourite tree is the "Fever Tree"
They are just beautiful :!:
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I swear you guys can read my mind. Just yesterday I thought about all these that u have posted here. :lol:

Regarding the fever tree: Old travellers thought that it gave them malaria. Hence the name fever.

I am disperately trying to learn to id trees. It will be on of my challenges this trip. Hope we can have a tree quiz soon as I love trees and would like to c that more people appreciate it and realise that buying of firewood and wood crafts on way to Kruger is a death warrant to out beautifull and some majestic life forms on earth!

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My favourite's are all the Acacia trees (I've been told that I've planted enough Acacia trees at home and am not allowed to plant any more!!).

When we occasionally go somewhere else, I never feel I'm home again until I see these trees.
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Pilane wrote:The Zulu nation belief that the straight thorn points to the future and the shorter curvedone to the past and is therfore used in burial cerimonies. the Swanas believe that lightning will strike you if you cut the tree down

Use the leaves with your next green salad .


well this in an interesting fact about the buffalo thorn.
I heard a story that zoeloe wil even take a twig back home with the spirrit/soul of a dead zoeloe (a not alive zoeloe). only if the body cant be brought back to its land. they use a twig to carry the soul back to his land. they will even buy two tickets for the bus. one for the spirit/soul and one for the man who is bringing back its spirit/souland back at home they preform the burial ceimonies using the twig of the buffalo thorn.
(I dont know if this is true ore false I did hear this on my trip to SA. maybe someone can help me out here?!)
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Hi all

I always thought why would people want to look at trees etc... I did a game ranging course and learnt all of this stuff and now i love going around been able to identify most trees and tell you stuff about them.. It now also keeps me busy if the wildlife viewing is slow.. I have taken a real likening to them.. Strange..

Jaap/Pilane you took and explained my favourite tree perfectly... Buffalo thorn...
Other favourites are apple leaf, nyala, bushwillow family
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My favourite is the umbrella thorn and the baobab! :P
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My favorites have to be the Umbrella Thorn, the Fever Tree and at the top of the list the Leadwood.
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On the latest trip to Kruger I fell in love with the Pod mahogany. They were in bloom and looked really beautiful.
Does anyone else have a tree that they find particularly attractive?
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I've got a soft spot for a few.

Leadwood (combretum Imberbe) because they are the "everlastings"

Boabab (Adansonia digitata) I know it is actually a succulent, but it has this "pressence"

Fevertree(Acacia xanthophloea ) the color and history.

Sycamore fig (Ficus Sycomorus) for the cool atmosphere and the promise of water and something after the fruit.

suppose I should stop, as the list could go on and on and...
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Yes, my list is also long.
Although, I don't find it the most attractive of trees, I also love the Magic guarrie. It just has such a strong bush feel and it can be used for so many things.
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Boabab (Adansonia digitata)
One of the most fascinating trees there is. It can be used for loads and loads of things varying from shelter for the rain to medicins. It's also the only tree I know that flowers at night.

Fevertree (Acacia xanthophloea)
I like this tree just because it's gut such a weird color.

Sicklebush (Dichrostachys cinerea)
This tree has beautiful 'Chinese lantern' like flowers in summer.
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Love many but forced 2 chose 1 it will have to b
Natal Mohogany - Trichelia emetica
or Nkuhlu
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Good one, MM 8) I still don't know all that many trees, but I'd have a hard time choosing between

Baobab, as for me each one has a unique personality

and

Umbrella thorn, which for a foreigner who dreamed of visting Africa for years before I finally first did, seems just quintessentially "African"
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