Significant Trees in Limpopo

Significant  Trees

The majestic trees of Limpopo have played a significant role in shaping the lives and legends of the inhabitants of this province. Until today trees characterise the contours of this region and provide many a visitor with lasting impressions. Some of the most commonly seen trees are the Baobab, Nyala, Fever, Mopane and Marula trees.

Knob Thorn

Knob Thorn

It grows 5-18 m in height and is fire-resistant. The common names in English and Afrikaans refer to the very characteristic thorns, which are knobbed. The knobs, which are borne on the trunks and branches, are occasionally lacking in individual specimens. The leaves are double pinnately compound.

Sausage Tree

Sausage Tree

The sausage tree of sub-Saharan Africa is beautiful in flower. The blood-red to maroon flowers hang in long panicles. The fragrance of the flower is not pleasing to humans but attracts the dwarf epauleted bat (Micropteropus pusillus), its pollinator. As the flowers drop from the tree, animals come to feed on the nectar-rich blooms. Impala, duiker, baboons, bush pigs, and lovebirds all feed on the flowers of the Sausage tree.

Grey friuts grow out of these flowers. These grey fruits resemble sausages and can grow for months to become over a foot long and weigh over 10 pounds.

Mopane Tree

Mopane Tree

The most diagnostic feature of the Mopane tree is undoubtedly the butterfly-shaped leaves, which are bright green when they emerge but turn into a kaleidoscope of autumn colours later in the season. These colours are characteristic of the landscape for many months of the year. Most specimens are multi-stemmed and spread upwards in a narrow V-formation with a wide-spreading, rounded but relatively v-formation sparse crown. The bark is light to dark grey in colour and has very prominent longitudinal fissures.

Marula Tree

Marula Tree

The Marula is a handsome, spreading tree of wooded savannah, and belongs to the mango (Anacardiaceae) family. It favours sandy soils in the warmer, eastern parts of the continent, where it may grow up to 15 metres in height.

Camphor trees

Camphor trees

This tree is an evergreen tree growing 10-26m high with a dense canopy. It has smooth bark which is green becoming rough, scaly and brownish-grey. Trunk becomes massive and spreading at its base. The leaves reddish when young turning glossy bright green above and blue-grey beneath and three-veined from the base. Tiny yellowish or greenish-white flowers appear from September to November.

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Sagole Baobab

Sagole baobab

This huge baobab tree, known as the Sagole Big Tree, needs to be seen to be believed. It has a trunk diameter of 10,47 metres and has a cavern big enough to shelter several people.  Although there are trees, such as the Glencoe Baobab and the Sunland Baobab, which have larger diameters, the Sagole Baobab is the largest overall, standing 22 metres high with a crown diameter of 38,2 metres. While it does split into several trunks higher up, it also maintains the appearance of a single tree.