Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Planting a tree for our African father Mandela xx

I want something to remind me every day of what Mandela stood for and so i can live a life in accordance to what he fought for.

What i've decided to do is plant a tree in memory, this too will benefit our planet. I am going indigenous as i love our african trees and to add to that i believe every one should do the same and not plant alien plants in a country that is not their natural heritage.
 These are some of the most incredible trees and their properties
I have 5 on the list and i'm off to buy myself a Stinkwood tree

1.Baobab - It supports a veritable ecosystem because it provides shelter and food for a host of creatures, and produces one of the highest known concentrates of Vitamin C.

2.Marula - Is a sacred tree in Africa,the , marula is protected in communal lands under the local chief. The bark has medicinal properties and is used widely in treating dysentery and diarrhea, rheumatism, insect bites and a variety of other ailments.Not to mention i'm a fan of Amarula, a delicious alcoholic drink brewed from marula berries.i'm a fan of Amarula, a delicious alcoholic drink brewed from marula berries.

3.Sausage tree - Sausage trees are sacred to many communities and are often protected when other forest trees are cut down. In Kenya, the Luo and Luhya people bury a fruit to symbolise the body of a lost person believed to be dead.The flowers only open at night and are pollinated by bats and hawk-moths. They are dark red, which is unusual for a bat-pollinated species (bats are normally attracted to white flowers), but the strong unpleasant smell of the flowers is thought to attract the bats instead.

4.Giant Leadwood tree - Parts of this tree are used by various tribes in a number of ways: smoke that comes from the burning leaves has been used to relieve coughs, colds and chest complaints. The flowers can also be used as a cough mixture. The leaves are believed to have magical powers. For treatment of diarrhoea and stomach pains, root decoctions are used. A combination of roots and leaves are taken against bilharzia. Root bark that is boiled in water is used for tanning leather. Leadwood ash is used as a toothpaste. The wood is very hard and tough, and burns very slowly with intense heat. The tree has special cultural and religious importance to the Ovambo people of Nambia. The leaves and fruits are used in white magic.

5.Fever tree - This tree is popular amongst birds for nest building as the thorns add extra protection against predators such as snakes. Young branches and leaves are eaten by elephant and the leaves and pods are eaten by giraffe and vervet monkeys. Monkeys and grey louries also eat the flowers. The gum and green seeds are eaten by baboons. Insects such as bees are attracted by the yellow colour and sweet scent of the flowers and perform a pollination role.

6.Buffalo-thorn - the burial tree of the Zulu, thought to have magical qualities, on family graves.

7.Fig trees - Are extremely important food resources for wildlife. Figs are also of considerable cultural importance throughout the tropics, both as objects of worship and for their many practical uses.

8.Shepherd’s tree - The root is pounded to make porridge. It is commonly used as a substitute for coffee or chicory. The root is also used to make a beer and to treat haemorrhoids. An infusion of the leaves is used to treat eye infections in cattle. The fruits are used in traditional dishes and the flower buds as caper substitutes in pickles. It is said that if the fruits wither before the millet crop is ripe, the harvest will be a failure. If the wood is burnt, it is believed that cows will produce only bull calves.

9.Umbella thorn tree -The timber is used for fence posts, firewood, furniture and wagon wheels. The prolific pods make good fodder for desert grazers and the foliage is also palatable, Acacia tortilis being one of the major dry season fodder trees of the Sahara-Sahelian belt. Bark is used for string in Tanzania. Gum is used as a poor man's gum arabic, said to be edible. It is the tree most recommended for reclaiming dunes in India and Africa. The thorny branches are used to erect temporary cages and pens. Bark is said to be a good source of tannin. Africans once strung the pods into necklaces. Senegalese use the roots for spear shafts; Lake Chad natives use the stems for fish spears. African nomads often use the flexible roots for frameworks of their temporary shelters. The pods and leaves are highly nutritious. Vervet monkeys and baboons eat young green pods; other animals eat those which have fallen to the ground.

10.Stinkwood trees - It is thought to have magical properties. The wood is mixed with crocodile fat as a charm against lightning, and many people believe that it has the power over evil and that pegs of wood driven into the ground will keep witches away.

11. Yellowwood tree has apparently been used more than any other South African timber. The South African Railways used to use the timber to make railway sleepers. In the old days it was used to make wagon boxes. Coffins were often made of it too. An unusual use was that of a butcher's block because the wood is hard and did not chip easily. It also has no scent, so it did not taint the meat.

1 comment:

  1. Good day,
    Fantastic idea specifically love the fever trees. Is it possible to buy a high res copy of that photo so at I can print it.