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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, November 11, 2014

Wooly Caper Bush (Capparis tomentosa)

Family Capparaceae
A small tree occurring only in the northern and eastern regions as far south as Durban. It is a protected plant in South Africa.
It has two sharp, hooked thorns flanking each leaf. The fruit is pink to bright orange when ripe.
Extract from Palgraves: “This is one of the best-known trees among African peoples for its supposed magico-medicinal properties and has the reputation for curing a variety of complaints ranging from coughs and cold to barrenness. Moreover, if a stick is coated with a paste made from the powered root and other ingredients and pointed towards storm clouds, it is believed to act as a safeguard against floods. The Venda make a ritual remedy for pneumonia by combining parts of this tree with dried hyaena and antelope blood and mixing the concoction together with ox fat.