SA No. 615.2

Chionanthus foveolatus subsp. major

Bospokysterhout / Forest pock-ironwood

Family: Oleaceae

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

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These stunning evergreen trees can grow to large trees, and as other Ironwood species have very hard and heavy wood. They are naturally found in the North eastern parts of South Africa. Their small white flowers remind of Orchid flowers and are just plain beautiful! The leaves are marked by clearly visible domatia. The fruit ripens to a dark purple colour and are favoured by many birds and animals.

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Birds

Birds are lured firstly by the fruit, and also by the insects attracted to the flowers. A wide variety of birds can be seen in these trees like the Southern pied babblers, the Gorgeous bush-shrikes, Crowned hornbills, African green pigeons and many more.

Animals

Fruit bats love the fruit and visit these trees at night, and during the day it is the baboons and monkeys turn to join the feast.  Look out for Vervet monkeys as well as the rare Samango monkey. Fallen fruit are pick up by Bushpigs, Porcupines and Bushbucks.

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