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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


References and further reading

A site-by-site guide to trees in the Kruger National Park - Author: Marissa Greeff - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 178

Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - Author: Piet van Wyk - Year Published: 2008 - Page: 193

Kruger - Portrait of a National Park - Author: David Paynter with Wilf Nussey - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 28

Pocket Guide - Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Piet van Wyk - Year Published: 2013 - Page: 113

Sappi Tree Spotting: Lowveld - Author: Jacana - Year Published: 1997 - Page: 212

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