SA No. 447
Buffalo Thorn / Blinkblaar Wag-‘n-bietjie
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.
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.