SA No. 198

Colophospermum mopane

Mopanie / Mopane

Family: Fabaceae

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Striking bushveld trees with their rough trunks and butterfly-like leaves. The wood is hard and widely used for campfires and braai. Mopane worms eat the leaves and are a very popular food source when dried. They have a high protein content.

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Birds:

Various types of Rollers and Yellow and Red billed Hornbills often nest in holes in these trees.

Animals:

Impala, Kudu, Busbucks and Duikers browse the leaves and Elephants the leaves and small branches.

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