Limpopo – Fauna and Flora

Reptiles

Reptiles

Agama Boomslang (Tree Snake) Tree Agama Egyptian Cobra Flap-necked Chameleon Nile Crocodile Common Flat Lizard Cape Dwarf Gecko Thicktoe Gecko Tropical House Gecko Tropical Girdled Lizard Giant Plated Lizard Yellow-throated Plated Lizard Black Mamba Mopani Snake Nile...

Mammals

Mammals

Aardvark (Antbear) Chacma Baboon Lesser Bushbaby Thick-tailed Bushbaby Dassie (Hyrax) Caracal African Civet Cape Eland Impala Large Spotted Genet Side-striped Jackal Spotted Hyaena Greater Kudu Leopard Lion Banded Mongoose Dwarf Mongoose Porcupine White-tailed...

Grasses

Grasses

Croceras macrum Andropogon gayanus Andropogon chinensis Aristida adscensionis Aristida cangesta Aristida bipartita Aristida diffusa Aristidameridinalis Aristida scabrivalvis Aristida stipitata (Bristle grass - Steekgras) Bothriochloa insculpta Bothriochloa radicans...

White Seringa

White Seringa

Witsering - Kirkia acuminata Wood is prized for crafting bowls, spoons and items of furniture (wood is easily worked) Crushed roots are a remedy for toothache Roots provide relief from thirst, as they become swollen with stored liquid, when ater isn't readily...

White Resin Tree

White Resin Tree

Witharpuisboom - Ozoroa engleri Distinctive, drooping branches and leaves Contains a considerable amount of yellowish resin, hence the common name Twigs and young shoots are eaten by smaller antelope as well as kudu and elephant Flowers are sweet smelling as are the...

Weeping Wattle

Weeping Wattle

Huilbbom - Peltophorum africanum Leaves are good as toilet paper Spittle beetle (frog hopper) pierces the tree with its sucking mouth-parts and rapidly feeds on the sap, from which it filters out the sugars and nutrients and secretes the excess water as a frothy...

Weeping Boer-Bean

Weeping Boer-Bean

Huilboerboon - Schotia brachypetala Often found on termite mounds Produce copious nectar, which attracts a wide range of animals, but seldom bees. Pollination is left to sun-birds Seed dispersal mainly by Grey Lourie and Meyers Parrot Seeds edible after roasting, they...

Water Berry

Water Berry

Waterbessie - Syzigium cordatum Water loving, evergreen tree Crushed bark strewn on water is and effective long-acting fish poison that has no toxic effects on warm blooded animals Used in traditional medicine

Transvaal Candelabra Tree

Transvaal Candelabra Tree

Kandelaarboom - Euphorbia cooperi Given a wide berth by most animals Wood is fibrous and useless and stems spiny Latex from the tree is highly toxic - even breathing in the "fumes" of the latex produces a burning sensation in the bronchial passages

Torchwood / Green Thorn

Torchwood / Green Thorn

Groendoring - Balanities maughamii Young branches have zig-zag appearance, trunk often had distinctive grooves Forked spines ( one usually longer than the other), leaves with 2 leaflets Fruit: Nov-Jan Seeds yield good quality, tasteless oil, that rivals olive oil Oil...

Tamboti

Tamboti

Spirostachys africana Bark: Black block shaped - chocolate colour Often in "forests" Leaves: 2 glands at the junction with the petiole -black tips Copious milky latex which is poisonous and causes extreme irritation to sensitive skin and severe pain to eyes, causes...

Sycamore Fig

Sycamore Fig

Gewone trosvy - Ficus sycomorus It has a fig wasp Fruits found on the stem are rich and juicy - eaten by rhino, warthogs, monkeys, baboons antelope and birds In the past the soft wood was used as a friction base for fire starting Buttress roots are common therefore...

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