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Weeping Wattle

Afrikaans name: Huilboom

Leaves and seedpods of a Weeping Wattle tree

Photo © Steven Herbert

Peltophorum africanum

The Weeping Wattle is a smallish tree that rarely reaches a height of 10 metres.

During summer it gets clusters of yellow flowers.

Seedpods develop and are usually ripe around February.

The name Weeping Wattle arises from a liquid that drips from the trees. Interestingly this liquid is not from the tree itself. It comes from Cuckoo-spit Insects which feed on the sap of the Weeping Wattle.

The wood of the Weeping Wattle is used to make furniture and ornaments.

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References and further reading

A site-by-site guide to trees in the Kruger National Park - Author: Marissa Greeff - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 58

Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - Author: Piet van Wyk - Year Published: 2008 - Page: 89

Pocket Guide - Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Piet van Wyk - Year Published: 2013 - Page: 50

Sappi Tree Spotting: Lowveld - Author: Jacana - Year Published: 1997 - Page: 62

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