SA No. 447

Ziziphus mucronata

Buffalo Thorn / Blinkblaar Wag-‘n-bietjie

Familie: Rhamnaceae

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


The Buffalo thorn is one of the most useful trees in the bushveld and almost every part can be eaten or used for medicinal purposes. The name Blinkblaar Wag-n-bietjie rolls so nicely from the tongue, and is a well known name with nature lovers. Popular with bee farmers, as the flowers attracts many bees.

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Opposite each other are two thorns, a straight one and a bended one. Birds like Grey louries, Guinea fowls, Pheasants, Francolins and Parrots enjoy the fruit. The flowers attracts masses of insects and insect eating birds like the Fork-tailed drongo, Cape robin-chat, Bee-eaters and the Fiscal Shrike.


Game enjoy the highly nutritious leaves and fruit. Look out for Impala, Koedoe, Bushbuck, Nyala as well as big game like Elephants and Giraffe.

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