Lowveld Cluster-leaf / Purple-pod Cluster-leaf
Afrikaans name: Sterkbos
Lowveld Cluster-leaf tree
Although it is often more of a shrub than a tree the Lowveld Cluster-leaf can sometimes reach heights of 10 metres or more. It is also known as the Purple-pod Cluster-leaf.
It is only found in woodand and bushveld areas in the lowveld areas such as Kruger National Park.
The bark of the Lowveld Cluster-leaf is rough and brown to grey in colour. The oval shape leaves grow in bunches or clusters and are dark shade of green on top than below.
The flowers are cream or pale yellow in colour and, for some reason, do not have a pleasant smell. The fruits are purple-red in colour and appear during autumn to winter.
The wood of the Lowveld Cluster-leaf tree is used to construct huts as well as used for the handles of implements.
References and further readingA site-by-site guide to trees in the Kruger National Park - Author: Marissa Greeff - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 90
Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - Author: Piet van Wyk - Year Published: 2008 - Page: 180
Sappi Tree Spotting: Lowveld - Author: Jacana - Year Published: 1997 - Page: 70
Trees of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Keith Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 2002 - Page: 820