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Terminalia sericea

Family: Combretaceae (Combretum family)

Common names: Silver Cluster-leaf (E); Umkhonono (Z); Vaalboom (A); umhonono (Sw); ankonono (Ts);

Native to: Southern Africa
Tree
A small to medium-sized deciduous tree with attractive grey-green foliage.

Terminalia sericea

DECIDUOUS

FULL SUN

FROST HARDY

MEDIUM WATER REQUIREMENTS

FAST GROWER

ATTRACTS BIRDS

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

9m x 5m
FLOWERING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Terminalia sericea

DESCRIPTION

A deciduous tree that is common in sandy soils.  It has a spreading crown with horizontal branches.  The bark is grey and deeply fissured.  The grey-green leaves are clustered at branch ends and are covered in shiny, silvery hairs, making the whole tree look silvery from a distance.  The cream flowers are small and have a strong, unpleasant scent.  The fruit is a flat elliptic pod that is swollen at the seed.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION
Open woodland and bushveld.
WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS
The tree is a larval host plant for the Guineafowl butterfly (Hamanumida daedalus).
GARDEN THEMES
Bushveld, Forest, Woodland
FOLIAGE
BUTTERFLY/MOTH HOST PLANT
Hamanumida daedalus (Guineafowl)

2 Responses

  1. ZULU NAME —UMKHONONO—
    Silver cluster leaf –common in sandveld —makatini —Tshongwe area

    yellow wood is hard to use –as its always hollow inside —but is used for carvings /furniture
    rarely straight–mostly twisted —trees here—

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