Afrikaans name: Huilboom
Leaves and seedpods of the Weeping Wattle
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.
Bark of the Weeping Wattle
The wood of the Weeping Wattle is used to make furniture and ornaments.
References and further readingA Field Guide to the Trees of Southern Africa - Author: E. Palmer - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 156
A site-by-site guide to trees in the Kruger National Park - Author: Marissa Greeff - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 58
Common Trees of the Highveld - Author: Drummond & Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 1973 - Page: 44
Everyone's Guide to Trees of South Africa - Author: Keith, Paul and Meg Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 39
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
Sasol First Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Elsa Pooley - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 41
The Complete Field Guide to Trees of Natal, Zululand and Transkei - Author: Elsa Pooley - Year Published: 1994 - Page: 156
Trees of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Keith Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 2002 - Page: 345
What Tree is That? - Author: Hazel Stokes - Year Published: 1967 - Page: 3