The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Matumi

Afrikaans name: Mingerhout

Matumi tree in Kruger National Park

Matumi

Photo © Steven Herbert

Breonadia salicina

The Matumi can grow to heights of up to 40 metres, although they are normally a lot smaller than that.

The Matumi is associated with water and is most often found near perennial rivers. In South Africa it is found in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Northern Province.

The leaves can be up to 17 cm in length. It gets small pale yellow flowers. Its fruit is even smaller.

Although mammals don't make much use of this tree, us humans do. The wood can be used for furniture, parquet flooring and boats (such as dugout canoes). Rameron Pigeons eat the seeds.

Leaves of a Matumi tree

Leaves of the Matumi tree

Photo © Steven Herbert

References and further reading

The Complete Field Guide to Trees of Natal, Zululand and Transkei - Author: Elsa Pooley - Published: 1994 - Page: 454

Trees of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Keith Coates Palgrave - Published: 2002 - Page: 1038

Sappi Tree Spotting: Lowveld - Author: Jacana - Published: 1997 - Page: 190

Sappi Wild Flower Guide - Mpumalanga and Northern Province - Author: Jo Onderstall - Published: 1996 - Page: 197

Pocket Guide - Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Piet van Wyk - Published: 2013 - Page: 131

Game Ranger in your Backpack - Author: Megan Emmett and Sean Pattrick - Published: 2013 - Page: 267

Piet van Wyks Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - 1st edition - Author: Piet van Wyk - Published: 1988 - Page: 217

Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - 5th edition - Author: Piet van Wyk - Published: 2008 - Page: 217

A Field Guide to the Trees of Southern Africa - Author: E. Palmer - Published: 1983 - Page: 316


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