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Jackal-berry tree

Afrikaans name: Jakkalsbessie

Jackal-berry tree in Kruger National Park


Photo © Steven Herbert

Diospyros mespiliformis

The Jackal Buzzard gets its name from its jackal-like call. How the Jackal-berry tree takes after a jackal escapes me.

The Jackal-berry tree is also known as the African Ebony.

The fruit of the Jackal-berry is eaten by a number of animals. In some areas the fruit is eaten by humans as well.

Jackal-Berry trees have an association with termites and their wood is resistant to them. The wood is used for making furniture and flooring.


Above - Leaves of the Jackal-berry

Photo © Steven Herbert



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