Peeling Bark Parsley Tree

Peeling-bark Parsley-tree grows in a wide range of altitudes, usually singly. In protected areas it grows larger than in hotter, dryer habitats. It is easiest to find in sheltered, rocky areas on south- and east-facing slopes of hills as well as in wooded ravines and gorges. It is common along rivers and streams where there is other vegetation.

Afrikaans Skilferbaspietersieliebos, Kraaibos, Wildepieterseliebos.

The single trunk divides into only a few large branches to form an irregular-shaped, delicate canopy.

The bark is characterisitc. It is papery and peels in definite rings between the leaf attachments to expose smooth golden-brown under-bark.

On each tree the Once Compound leaves have a variable number of leaflets, either 3, 5 or 7.

Three leaflets always form the tip. Any additional leaflets usually all come from the same point, lower down the leaf-stem.

The leaves usually have a strong, herb-like (parsley/parsnip) smell when crushed.

Conspicuous, greenish-white to yellow flowers come from a single point on the flower-stalk to form a round spray, resembling a huge powder-puff.