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Keala Cummings

Keala Cummings

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Published on Jun 25, 2014

Tree profile: Flaky-bark thorn

Trees and Shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park, Ernst Schmidt, Mervyn Lotter and Warren McClealand

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Published on Jun 25, 2014

Tree profile: Jackal-berry

mesos pilos And Tarzan wouldn't be the only one.Such a nice tree.dangerous anthropomorphize a tree in such a fashionnot everything Making the most of Indigenous Trees, Fanie and Julye-Anne Venter T...

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Published on Jun 23, 2014

Seed Rewards!

Hey everyone!Did you donate $25 or more? Do you want an African tree of your very own? Are you wondering when in the world I'm going to deliver on the seed rewards? Then good news, this lab note is...

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Published on Jun 23, 2014

Tree profile: Umbrella Thorn

If the lion didn't give it away, we are definitely in Africais A bush hyrax sampling some nutritious umbrella thorn foliage.  Fact of the day: the hyrax is the closet living relative to the elephan...

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Published on Apr 23, 2014

Highlights of the 2014 Field Season (no trees, I promise)

After three days of screwing around with this interface and trying to add in all the bells and whistles a highlight reel calls for, I have finally admitted defeat. Therefore you can find the conten...

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Published on Apr 15, 2014

Tree profile: Sausage Tree

Kigelia africanaThe flame tree. I bet y'all wish I was sampling this one.(the one at the end is called "Bust Creme," Which sounds much better in the original French, 'Creme pour le buste') Making t...

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Published on Apr 15, 2014

Tree profile: Black-monkey thorn

Acacia burkeiAcacia nigrescens Making the most of Indigenous Trees, Fanie and Julye-Anne Venter Trees and Shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park, Ernst Schmidt, Mervyn Lotter and Warren McCl...

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Published on Apr 14, 2014

WE DID IT!!

With less then 40 hours to go we reached our funding goal of $3,000! Wow you guys I can't believe we made it! A few generous souls even contributed after the fact, bringing our final tally up to $3...

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Published on Apr 12, 2014

Tree Profile: White Kirkia

  White kirkia, the mountain treeScientific nameFamilyIndigenous namesAfter a mountainous day of measuring kirkiasMaria, if you could say one thing about kirkia, what wouldit be?contEditors note: T...

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Published on Apr 11, 2014

3 days left!

Hi everyone!Sorry for the long internet silence. Reliable internet is hard to get in the middle of the veld, as you might imagine, especially internet that allows you to do fancy stuff like load pi...

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Published on Apr 11, 2014

Tree profile: African Wattle

   African wattle, the toilet paper treeScientific name:Indigenous names:beautiful Ptyelus grossusseveral minutes later superetc etcCultivationSources Making the most of Indigenous Trees, Fanie and...

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Yes, they are well known for making lovely bonsai! The only thing these trees can't tolerate is frost, so they wouldn't do well in climates that regularly go below freezing.
Oct 02, 2017
Surviving on the savanna: how do traits predict tree success?
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This is actually pretty tricky. The fruits need to be left in a compost heap for weeks to months, depending on their ripeness and outside conditions. There really is no way to get into the fruit by force without destroying seeds. When the fruit is ready the external shell will be literally falling apart and you'll be able to get in with just your hards. It is a time intensive process.
Nov 07, 2016
Surviving on the savanna: how do traits predict tree success?
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The length of time varies widely based primarily on the depth of soil but also the climate it experiences. To be honest it's actually a very difficult plant to grow. I know many people who have managed to grow it to about a meter (which takes ~5 months to a year), only for it to wither and die. One possibility is it needs to experience some browsing pressure. My advisor had a mopane in his front yard that was about half a meter tall when it was eaten almost all the way to the stem by a deer. He thought it would die but it actually bounced back and grew another meter in the following months! Overall, if you can get past the meter stage, I'd say it would take anywhere between 5-10 years for it to reach a respectable height. Getting a cathedral mopane would likely take 20 years or more. I'm glad you enjoyed the article! I miss the worms, I wish I could ask your mum for a nice dish of them!
Aug 25, 2016
Surviving on the savanna: how do traits predict tree success?
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Hey Roma, I get my seeds from Silver Hill Seeds, based in south Africa. Technically you'll need a permit from the USDA to have them shipped, but these are relatively easy to obtain. I'm sure the folks at Silver Hill could help you out. http://www.silverhillseeds.co.za
Aug 17, 2016
Surviving on the savanna: how do traits predict tree success?
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$200 to 'adopt' a crow, huh? I'm in! Can I name my crow Silas? ;) In all seriousness though, best of luck in meeting your goal, I look forward to hearing about your results!
Apr 24, 2014
Crow funerals: What are they thinking about?
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That one is about five years old I think
Apr 15, 2014
Surviving on the savanna: how do traits predict tree success?
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