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Sunday, October 19, 2014
Coast Red Milkwood (Mimusops caffra)
EcologyThe red or orange-red fruits are
the staple food of the monkeys along the coastal forests of KwaZulu-Natal . Cape
parrots in the coastal forests of the Eastern Cape are also fond of the fruit.
Blackbellied glossy starlings, Yellowstreaked bulbuls and bushpigs also eat the
fruit. Monkeys in particular spread the seed.
Uses and cultural aspectsIn KwaZulu-Natal, Mimusops
caffra is considered a royal timber tree of excellent quality. Its tough
timber is in demand for local boat-building. The wood is also used to make the
framework of the large conical fish trap that fishermen use.
DistributionIts natural habitat is dune forest from the
high tide mark in KwaZulu-Natal and the former Transkei region. It is also found
in Mozambique . This tree is common from Port Alfred and Bathurst in Eastern
Cape to Maputo in Mozambique . It forms up to 75% of the coastal and dune forest
and flourishes even within reach of the salty sea sprays. It is found in
abundance in Durban as it grows along coastal roads to the north and south.