SA No. 695

Rothmannia globosa

September klokkies / September bells

Family: Rubiaceae

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These small evergreen trees can be found on the north eastern side of South Africa, and prefers forest edges and riverine fringe areas. The descriptive name is derived from the bell shaped creamy-white flowers which appears in masses during the month of September! And are sweet scented. They are incredible trees usually growing not higher than 5 meters – which makes them ideal for small gardens. The globosa part of the name means round, and refers to the fruit.

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Birds:

The flowers attract various insects and are pollinated by Carpenter bees. Birds like Fork tailed drongos, Paradise flycatchers, Natal robins and the Little bee eaters are common visitors.

Animals:

Vervet- and Samango monkeys as well as Baboons eat the fruit. The fallen fruits are enjoyed by Bushpigs.

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

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