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Powder-puff Tree

Afrikaans name: Poeierkwasboom

Powderpuff Tree

Photo © Steven Herbert

Barringtonia racemosa

The Powder-puff Tree grows to a height of around 15 metres and it may be found in groups in or near marshy or swampy areas.

It has clusters of large leaves which are around 30 cm in length.

The fruit of the Powder-puff Tree looks a bit like a guava but it is poisonous. It starts off green and becomes reddish-brown.

The tree is fed on by caterpillars of the Red-tab Policeman.

Leaves of a Powderpuff Tree

Photo © Steven Herbert

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References and further reading

Sappi Tree Spotting: KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape - Author: Val Thomas and Rina Grant - Year Published: 2004? - Page: 242

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