SA No. 161
Swart apiesdoring / Black monkey thorn
These large trees look slightly similar than the Knob thorn from a distance, but when closer to them can easily be identified by their absence of knobs on the trunks and branches, as well as their masses of red brown pods (which sometimes give these trees a reddish look). Very popular for making bonsai trees. They have strong hooked thorns.
Many insects and insect eating birds are present when in flower. Puffbacks, Flycatchers, Shrikes, Woodland and Brown hooded kingfishers as well as Wood hoopoes.
Tree mice are often seen in these trees running around on the branches and eating the seeds from the pods. Tree agamas also love to live in these trees, as the many insects provide food and the rough bark give them a good grip when climbing around in these trees. Steenbucks and Duikers enjoy the leaves of these trees when still small, and Kudus, Elands, Impalas, Bushbucks, Nyalas, Rhinos and Elephants, from the bigger trees. The highly nutritious pods are also a big favourite for many antelope.