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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

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References and further reading

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

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

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

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

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

Sappi Tree Spotting: KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape - Author: Val Thomas and Rina Grant - Year Published: 2004? - Page: 218

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

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

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

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

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

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