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.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

False Marula (Lannea stuhlmannii)

Family Anacardiaceae
A medium size tree about 7-9m in height found in the north eastern regions.
Extract from Palgraves:
"The Swazi name for this tree - 'the tree of forgetfulness' - is probably derived from the fact that it features in certain ceremonies which take place when two former enemies meet and agree to forget their past quarrels. It is believed to harbour a benevolent spirit which is often evoked to protect and heal by ritual. In more orthodox African medicine, a paste made from these leaves is applied as a dressing on sores and abscesses. The fruit have a pleasant flavour, the wood has been used as a general purpose timber and the bark for tanning and as a purple dye."