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Water Ironplum / Water Drypetes

Afrikaans name: Waterysterpruim

Close-up of the leaves

Water Ironplum tree

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Drypetes arguta

The Water Ironplum, also known as the Water Drypetes, is a small tree or shrub that reaches a maximum height of 10 metres. In South Africa it is found along the coastal and low lying areas of KwaZulu-Natal.

As its name suggests it is associated with water and is often found near streams. It occurs in habitats coastal and evergreen forests.

The bark of the Water Ironplum is grayish are brighter on top than underneath. It flowers during November and December but the greenish flowers are not that obvious. The orange-red fruit appears between March and May.

Leaves

Leaves of the Water Ironplum

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