The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Jackal-berry tree

Afrikaans name: Jakkalsbessie

Jackal-berry tree in Kruger National Park

Jackal-berry

Photo © Steven Herbert

Diospyros mespiliformis

The Jackal Buzzard gets its name from its jackal-like call. How the Jackal-berry tree takes after a jackal escapes me.

The Jackal-berry tree is also known as the African Ebony.

The fruit of the Jackal-berry is eaten by a number of animals. In some areas the fruit is eaten by humans as well.

Jackal-Berry trees have an association with termites and their wood is resistant to them. The wood is used for making furniture and flooring.

Jackal-berry

Above - Leaves of the Jackal-berry

Photo © Steven Herbert

References and further reading

Trees of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Keith Coates Palgrave - Published: 2002 - Page: 905

Sasol First Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Elsa Pooley - Published: 1999 - Page: 26

Pocket Guide - Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Piet van Wyk - Published: 2013 - Page: 113

Sappi Tree Spotting: Lowveld - Author: Jacana - Published: 1997 - Page: 212

Piet van Wyks Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - 1st edition - Author: Piet van Wyk - Published: 1988 - Page: 193

Kruger - Portrait of a National Park - Author: David Paynter with Wilf Nussey - Published: 1986 - Page: 28

Game Ranger in your Backpack - Author: Megan Emmett and Sean Pattrick - Published: 2013 - Page: 280

Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - 5th edition - Author: Piet van Wyk - Published: 2008 - Page: 193

A Field Guide to the Trees of Southern Africa - Author: E. Palmer - Published: 1983 - Page: 287

A site-by-site guide to trees in the Kruger National Park - Author: Marissa Greeff - Published: 2017 - Page: 178


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