SA No. 632

Anthocleista grandiflora

Boskoorsboom / Forest-fevertree

Family: Gentianaceae

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

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Unmistakable with their large tobacco like leaves (grandiflora means large leaves). In South Africa they are only found in the north eastern parts of the country.  They are beautiful trees, grow fast and very popular as garden trees in frost free areas. The large white flowers are born in clusters and are very fragrant!

VBSD4200    NMNH3006

Birds:

Insect eating birds such as Woodland- and Brown hooded kingfishers, Fork tailed drongos, Lilac breasted- and Purple rollers will prey on insects visiting the flowers.

Animals:

Elephants enjoy the leaves of these trees, and the fruit are eaten by Vervet monkeys and baboons on the trees and Bushpigs and warthogs on the ground. Duikers, impalas, Nyalas and Bushbucks will pick up the fallen flowers from the ground.

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