For the identification of insects and other fauna and flora of South Africa: please click on the following links:
Insects and related species: Antlions - Ants - Bees - Beetles - Bugs - Butterflies, Moths and Caterpillars - Centipedes and Millipedes - Cockroaches - Crickets - Dragonflies and Damselflies - Grasshoppers and Katydids - Mantis - Stick Insects - Ticks and Mites - Wasps - Woodlice
Plants, Trees, Flowers: (Note: Unless plants fall into a specific species such as Cacti, they have been classified by their flower colour to make them easier to find) Bonsai - Cacti, Succulents, Aloes, Euplorbia - Ferns and Cycads - Flowers - Fungi, Lichen and Moss - Grass - Trees
Animals, Birds, Reptiles etc.: Animals, Birds, Fish and Crabs - Frogs - Lizards - Scorpions - Snails and Slugs - Snakes - Spiders - Tortoise, Turtles and Terrapins - Whipscorpions
Other photography: Aeroplanes - Cars and Bikes - Travel - Sunrise - Water drops/falls - Sudwala and Sterkfontein Caves etc.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Large Sour Plum (Ximmenia caffra)

This is a smallish shrub or small tree and is fairly common.
The fruit ripens into bright red during December, is edible and makes a good jelly.
Working as a tour guide in the regions where they grow, I used to have a lot of fun with it and would stop to pick some for my guests. The outer section is lovely and sweet nice until you get too close to the pip and I loved to see their faces when they bit into it and was sour. LOL!! These cruel, awful guides!! LOL!!
The local people extract an oil from it which is used to rub into chapped feet or for softening animal hides.
A decoction made from the leaves is used to sooth inflamed eyes.