The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Weeping Boer-bean

Afrikaans name: Huilboerboon

Weeping Boer-Bean

Weeping Boer-bean

Photo © Steven Herbert

Schotia brachypetala

The Weeping Boer-bean grows to a height of 12 metres or so.

It gets masses of red flowers which are borne near the stems.

The seedpods of the Weeping Boer-bean flat and around 15 cm in length.

The wood from the tree is used in making furniture.

The tree gives off large amounts of nectar at times some of which drips to the ground and gives rise to its common name. The nectar on the tree is enjoyed by many birds, insects and some mammals.

Leaves of the Weeping Boer-Bean

Photo © Steven Herbert

Bark of a Weeping Boer-Bean

Photo © Steven Herbert

References and further reading

Sappi Tree Spotting: Lowveld - Author: Jacana - Published: 1997 - Page: 220

Sasol First Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Elsa Pooley - Published: 1999 - Page: 48

The Complete Field Guide to Trees of Natal, Zululand and Transkei - Author: Elsa Pooley - Published: 1994 - Page: 146

The Gardener - 2018/02 - Author: - Published: 2018 - Page: 32

Trees of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Keith Coates Palgrave - Published: 2002 - Page: 327

What Tree is That? - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1967 - Page: 7

Sappi Tree Spotting: KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape - 2nd edition - Author: Val Thomas and Rina Grant - Published: 2004 - Page: 218

SA Wild Flower Guide No 4 - Transvaal Lowveld - Author: Jo Onderstall - Published: 1984 - Page: 104

Piet van Wyks Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - 1st edition - Author: Piet van Wyk - Published: 1988 - Page: 85

Indigenous Garden Plants of Southern Africa - Author: Glenice Ebedes - Published: 2017 - Page: 47

Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - 5th edition - Author: Piet van Wyk - Published: 2008 - Page: 85

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2017 - Page: 161

Game Ranger in your Backpack - Author: Megan Emmett and Sean Pattrick - Published: 2013 - Page: 301

Everyones Guide to Trees of South Africa - Author: Keith, Paul and Meg Coates Palgrave - Published: 1989 - Page: 37

A Visitors Guide to Kirstenbosch - Author: Colin Paterson-Jones - Published: 0 - Page: 8

A site-by-site guide to trees in the Kruger National Park - Author: Marissa Greeff - Published: 2017 - Page: 164

A Field Guide to the Trees of Southern Africa - Author: E. Palmer - Published: 1983 - Page: 153


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