SA No. 158

Albizia versicolor

Grootblaarvalsdoring / Large-leaved false-thorn

Family: Mimosaceae

Where can i find this tree.  Locations to follow soon – watch this space!

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With their large Knob thorn-like leaves and creamy white half-spherical shaped flowers they are truly impressive. These trees can grow to massive giants in the bushveld towering out over other trees. In Pretoriuskop camp in the Kruger Park large ones can be seen! The versicolour part in the botanical name refer to the various colour of the leaves, especially the new leaves after winter. They are deciduous.

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Birds:

Bees are the main pollinators of these trees, and you can look out for the stunning Little bee-eaters with their yellow throats and blue eye-brows, the European bee-eater, and if you are lucky the red Southern Carmine Bee-eater! Other insect eating birds such as the African Dusky Fly Catcher, the Southern black flycatcher and the gorgeous red and blue African paradise flycatcher are also often found in or near these trees.

Animals:

It is said that the pods and seeds are poisonous and sometimes causes death to animals eating the fallen pods during winter month. Some animals recover from the symptoms.

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