SA No. 537

Combretum molle

Fluweelboswilg / Velvet bushwillow

Family: Combretaceae

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

fluweelbos

Splendid trees looking very similar than their cousins, the Large-fruited bushwillows. One big difference is the much bigger size of the fruit of the Large-fruited bushwillow and then there is the leaves… The leaves of the Velvet bushwillow feels (you guessed it!) like velvet. Good fire and braai wood, as with the other Combretums.

fluweelboswilg61    HSUL3780

Birds:

Insect eating birds can often be seen in these trees looking for insects like Crombecs, Puffbacks, Helmet-shrikes, Batises. Babblers like to scratch around on the ground between the leaves flushing out hiding insects.

Animals:

Nyalas, Impalas, Kudus, Eland and Duikers will eat the leaves on the trees, as well as fallen leaves during winter and early spring.

fluweelblaarwilg45    YJBG5345

fluweelblaarwild    XMHF6490

 

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