Coastal forest

We came across this coastal forest in the Sodwana Bay Nature Reserve. There is a sharp contrast between the dry inland and the wetter, coastal region, which makes for interesting flora. Check out these thorn trees that were shedding their bark… Hella cool!

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3 Responses to Coastal forest

  1. Rob Symons November 23, 2010 at 2:19 pm #

    Looks like commiphora harveyi, related to the Myrrh tree.

  2. mol-d November 23, 2010 at 11:10 pm #

    i think you are right, rob. any idea why it sheds its bark like this?

  3. Rob Symons November 24, 2010 at 9:43 am #

    I have no idea on why it sheds its bark. It seems to naturally exfoliate in thin papery sheets. It is commonly named the Paper Bark tree. It is exceptional at conserving water and is very resistant to drought. It is also called the Kanniedood because of this. It can easily be planted by truncheons. In fact it has been used to make living fence posts.
    We have a large grove of these trees on our farm and I never cease to be impressed by them.

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