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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.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Wild Peach (Kiggelaris africana)

Family Flacourticeae
They are small to medium trees with greenish-white flowers but it was too late in the season to get pictures of them.

The fruit is eaten by birds but not palatable for humans.

The Tembu people believe that this tree should not be touched as it attracts lightening but the Sotho use parts of it for a potion to protect their homes.
 The wood is pink and hard and suitable for making rafters, agricultural implements and furniture.

It provides a pinkish dye and hydrochloric acid.