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Tree #74 Historic Trees of Zimbabwe – The Giant Ebony of Nyahungwe

By August 10, 2019 No Comments

Deep in the heart of Gonarezhou National Park, a stand of large Diospyros mespiiformis trees serve to remind us of the times gone by when some of the main exports from Africa were ebony and ivory. Both are found in this magnificent park – the ivory mostly moves around on four legs and doesn’t like to be stroked. But the ebony is static and seems largely unmoved by stroking. In this episode, Gus, the African Plant Hunter, visits an example of the Nyahungwe ebonies, featured in Lyn Mullin’s “Historic Trees of Zimbabwe”. Also known as the Jackalberry, or Mushenje, these beautiful trees are a characteristic feature of the Zimbabwean Lowveld, and are especially common and prominent in Gonarezhou.

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