The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Lowveld Chestnut

Afrikaans name: Laeveld kastaiing

Leaves of the Lowveld Chestnut

Leaves of the Lowveld Chestnut tree

Photo © Steven Herbert

Sterculia murex

The Lowveld Chestnut is a tree that grows to a height of 6 to 12 metres.

The tree gets large fruits that are up to 30 cm in diameter. Inside the shell are large seeds and hairs that can sting you on contact.

The seeds of the Lowveld Chestnut are eaten by Chacma Baboons. The wood of the tree is not particularly useful to man.

Bark of the Lowveld Chestnut

Bark of the Lowveld Chestnut tree

Photo © Steven Herbert

The Lowveld Chestnut favours rocky hillsides.

References and further reading

What Tree is That? - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1967 - Page: 41

Piet van Wyks Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - 1st edition - Author: Piet van Wyk - Published: 1988 - Page: 162

Trees of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Keith Coates Palgrave - Published: 2002 - Page: 715

Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - 5th edition - Author: Piet van Wyk - Published: 2008 - Page: 162

A Field Guide to the Trees of Southern Africa - Author: E. Palmer - Published: 1983 - Page: 238

A site-by-site guide to trees in the Kruger National Park - Author: Marissa Greeff - Published: 2017 - Page: 118


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