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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
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Zebra Wood (Dalbergia melanoxylon)

Family Papilionoideae
A straggling tree which grows up to 5m in height. Found in the north eastern regions.
Extract from Palgraves: “The sapwood is yellow to white surrounding a very hard, beautiful, purplish heartwood which becomes black on exposure’ it is close-grained and very heavy, pleasantly scented and, if pieces are of a reasonable size, of considerable commercial value. However trees are usually small, the stems twisted and contorted and very often the wood is defective; it is suitable only therefore for trinket boxes, chessmen and small ornaments and particularly for woodwind instruments. Africans use the wood to make arrow tips and wooden hammers for beating bark cloth. A preparation to relieve toothache is made from the roots.”