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Flood Plain Acacia. Moist areas, medium sized 2-15m branching from base. Grows from 1,500-2,500min wooded grasslands and river valleys. Fast growing with green/yellow bark on young trees brown on old ones. Fuelwood, charcoal, tea from the bark and the pods are fodder for livestock and wildlife. Also an excellent source of forage for bees.
Flood Plain Acacia
A beautiful afro-montane tree often reaching 30-35 m high; can reach 50 m, actually the largest tree of its genus. Altitude: 1100-3500 m, Mean annual rainfall: 400-1200 mm Soil type: Prefers well-drained soils no heavier than sandy clay. Can be found scattered on rocky sites.
Derivation of name and historical aspects
Eragrostis comes from the Greek eros meaning love and this possibly refers to the heart-shaped spikelets; agrostis means a grass. The species name superba is the Latin for splendid and is probably descriptive of the spikelets.
Perennial up to 1 m tall, erect or lower culms (stems) bent; inflorescence variable as it is either a contracted (narrow) or open panicle, when open, then branches long and flexuous. The common names are very descriptive of the spikelets which are large, being up to 16 mm long, flat, have jagged edges, green, often flushed purple and when mature, break off as a complete unit. Flowering time is from August to May.
Distribution and habitat
This grass is found from the Free State and Kwazulu-Natal northwards to the Sudan usually on sandy or gravel soils occasionally on clay. Found mainly in disturbed places in the veld and roadsides, also grows on termitaria.
Fever Tree or Naivasha Thorn. Acacia xanthophloea is a large tree, 15-25 m tall, with a crown that is somewhat spreading, branching fairly up the trunk. Bark smooth, slightly flaking, yellow to greenish-yellow.
Naivasha Thorn/Yellow Fever
Alkaline and volcanic soils, drought resistant, slow growing hardwood and large when mature. 5-21m tall, dark brown fissured bark. Amboseli and similar semi-arid environments.
Olea europaea subsp. africana
A neatly shaped evergreen tree with a dense spreading crown (9 x 12 m) of glossy grey-green foliage. Leaves are dark-green above and greyish below. The rough, grey bark sometimes peels off in strips.This tree is found in a variety of habitats, often near water, and on rocky hillsides, on stream banks and in woodland (where it can reach 12 m). It is widespread in Africa up to 2,500m.
Cenchrus ciliaris L
A small to medium-sized tree, growing to 17 m tall and a characteristic feature of the tree is its rust-coloured powdery bark. Grows well in arid and semi-arid areas. (Sidenote; the wood was used by ancient Egyptians to make the Pharaohs’ coffins).
Distribution and habitat
It occurs in the more arid parts of southern Africa and tropical Africa, the Mediterranean areas, and in Arabia to India. Introduced to Australia and other hot, drier areas of the world where it has been imported as cultivated pasture. Foxtail buffalo grass grows in dry, warm parts. It grows in all types of soil, but mostly in sandy soil and other well-drained soil types. It is often found along roadsides where it utilizes the additional runoff rainwater.
Derivation of name and historical aspects
Cenchrus is derived from the Greek word kegchros which means a kind of millet. The species epithet ciliaris is Latin and means like an eyelash, or short hairs, possibly alluding to the hairy bristles surrounding the spikelets. The genus Cenchrus has 22 species, tropical and warm temperate; 1 species indigenous and 3 species naturalised in southern Africa; C. ciliaris is the only widespread species.
Common in hot dry areas, especially on sandy soils where it is often ruderal (grows in waste places), and also often on termitaria, on all types of soil. Cenchrus ciliaris is wind-pollinated. It is adapted to fairly heavy grazing and a wide variety of conditions.
Cenchrus ciliaris is a palatable species with a high leaf production. It is one of the most popular cultivated pastures, especially in the more arid parts, with many commercially available cultivars. Foxtail buffalo grass can endure trampling.
A narrow-crowned, deep-rooting single or multi stemmed shrub or small tree, 1-7m tall. The trees usually have a main stem but may develop many side branches if widely spaced. S. sesban grows well all over Kenya and is significant in extending the nitrogen-fixing forage trees into cooler, higher elevation regions of the tropics. It has outstanding ability to withstand waterlogging and is ideally suited to seasonally flooded environments. It is common along streams, swamp banks and moist and inundated bottomlands and old quarries.
All of these acacias provide the following uses:
Fodder - Foliage and seed pods provide food for wildlife, birds and livestock.
Apiculture - Acacia trees produce excellent bee forage.
Fuel - Very good quality firewood and charcoal.
Timber - The wood is typically hard and heavy in mature trees with a beautiful grain.
They can also be used to make poles and posts.
Medicine - Acacia trees are renowned for their use in traditional medicine in Kenya.
Shade or shelter - Acacias provide some of the only shade in many parts of Kenya and are also nesting sites for birds and many insects.
Nitrogen fixing and Erosion control - All acacias fix atmospheric nitrogen and their excellent root systems help stabilize the soil.
Ornamental - The well-shaped decorative tree is a good candidate for keeping the natural look to amenity areas.
Boundary or barrier or support - Trees well suited to being planted as live fences and to beautify roadsides. 2-15m branching from base. Grows from 1,500-2,500min wooded grasslands and river valleys. Fast growing with green/yellow bark on young trees brown on old ones. Fuelwood, charcoal, tea from the bark and the pods are fodder for livestock and wildlife. Also an excellent source of forage for bees.
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A small tree, growing to about 2-6m high, occasionally becoming taller under optimal climatic conditions. The plant is usually low branched with a short stem and many upright twigs that form umbrella-shaped crown. The grey-barked Acacia senegal, which is a thorny leguminous tree produces the highest quality Gum Arabic.
Our favorite multi-use tree:
The generic name ‘acacia’ comes from the Greek word ‘akis’, meaning ‘point’ or ‘barb’, these are an in-built self defense mechanism to protect themselves against browsers.
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A perennial shrub or tree, 2.5–10 (–20) m tall. Branches spreading, forming a dense flat or rounded crown with dark to black coloured stems. Bark thin, rough, fissured, deep red-brown. Thorns thin, straight, light-grey in young trees, mature trees commonly without thorns. Flowers prolific & golden yellow. Used as forage during drought, foliage and seeds are eaten by a wide range of herbivores. Highly valued as fodder and fuelwood in regions of semi-arid Africa and India. Used as a pioneer species in land rehabilitation and as a barrier to desertification. Non-forage/timber uses include gum/resin, tannin /dyestuff & traditional medicine.
Grows to 15 m tall, less frequently remaining as a shrub. Has deep roots; trunk to 20–30 cm in diameter; bark rough and fissured, grey to blackish brown or black; crown flat, umbrella-shaped or irregular, usually narrow and open. Thorns are paired abd grey, usually up to 1.5 cm long. Flowers are white or cream & scented. The bark can be used for making rope and twine, the leaves and pods are eaten by livestock. Acacia gerrardii is considered a useful tree in grazing land as it provides only light shade and does not depress growth of the fodder species beneath. The thorny branches are used to make fences for livestock enclosures (‘bomas’). The wood is used as timber, for carvings, small furniture, poles, posts, tool handles, for charcoal production, and as fuelwood. A soup is made from the bark. Honey bees feed on the flowers.
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