Common Coral Tree

Gewone koraalboom – Erythrina lysistemon

  • Bright red colour of the blooms is an indicator of pollination by birds which are attracted by the colours toward this end of the spectrum
  • Leaves appear well after flowering
  • Lucky bean seeds
  • Mammals make little use of it due to the toxic properties of the seeds and leaves
  • Meyers parrots, however, are very partial to the green seeds and they also pick the flowers and suck out the nectar with great skill
  • Sunbirds and several other birds also use the nectar
  • Timber is very soft and light, therefore good nesting sites for birds such as woodpeckers and barbets
  • Research shows that the seeds contain, in addition to poisonous alkaloids, a protein with a blood clot solvent which could have significance in the treatment of thrombosis.
Weeping Boer-Bean

Weeping Boer-Bean

Huilboerboon - Schotia brachypetala Often found on termite mounds Produce copious nectar, which...

Water Berry

Water Berry

Waterbessie - Syzigium cordatum Water loving, evergreen tree Crushed bark strewn on water is and...

Torchwood / Green Thorn

Torchwood / Green Thorn

Groendoring - Balanities maughamii Young branches have zig-zag appearance, trunk often had...

Tamboti

Tamboti

Spirostachys africana Bark: Black block shaped - chocolate colour Often in "forests" Leaves: 2...

Sycamore Fig

Sycamore Fig

Gewone trosvy - Ficus sycomorus It has a fig wasp Fruits found on the stem are rich and juicy -...

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