Lebombo Ironwood

Lebombo-ysterhout – Androstachys johnsonii

  • Tough, dark green leaves, densely hairy below and arranged in symmetrical pairs
  • Linked with Madagascar & Baobabs (breakup of Gondwanaland 160million years ago)
  • Male and female tree occur and are wind pollinated which is rare in Savannah plants therefore these trees are gregarious, forming dense stands along rocky ridges (Lebombo mountains)
  • Rainfall in these regions would be too low to support lichens but they do grow, possibly because of the moisture derived from the regular fogs that characterize the Lebombos
  • Timber is very fine, hard, durable & insect resistant
  • Wood has a pleasant honey smell when burnt or worked but the honey from the flowers is said to be poisonous.
Reptiles

Reptiles

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Mammals

Mammals

Aardvark (Antbear) Chacma Baboon Lesser Bushbaby Thick-tailed Bushbaby Dassie (Hyrax) Caracal...

Grasses

Grasses

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White Seringa

White Seringa

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White Resin Tree

White Resin Tree

Witharpuisboom - Ozoroa engleri Distinctive, drooping branches and leaves Contains a considerable...

Weeping Wattle

Weeping Wattle

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