The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Green Thorn Tree

Afrikaans name: Groendoring

Leaves and thorns of the Green Thorn tree

Green Thorn

Photo © Steven Herbert

Balanites maughamii

The Green Thorn is a large tree that can grow to a height of 20 metres or more.

The fruits of the Green Thorn are particularly oily and can be eaten. Sometimes there is an oily smell near the tree and this comes from the fallen fruits. A variety of mammals eat the fruits. These include Kudu, Impala, Vervet Monkey and Chacma Baboon.

The Green Thorn is particularly common is sandy areas along the east coast of South Africa.

As its name suggests the throns of this tree are predominantly green with brown tips.

Green Thorn

Above - Green Thorn

Photo © Steven Herbert

References and further reading

Piet van Wyks Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - 1st edition - Author: Piet van Wyk - Published: 1988 - Page: 101

Sappi Tree Spotting: Lowveld - Author: Jacana - Published: 1997 - Page: 124

The Complete Field Guide to Trees of Natal, Zululand and Transkei - Author: Elsa Pooley - Published: 1994 - Page: 182

Trees of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Keith Coates Palgrave - Published: 2002 - Page: 407

A Field Guide to the Trees of Southern Africa - Author: E. Palmer - Published: 1983 - Page: 168

A site-by-site guide to trees in the Kruger National Park - Author: Marissa Greeff - Published: 2017 - Page: 82

Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - 5th edition - Author: Piet van Wyk - Published: 2008 - Page: 101

Game Ranger in your Backpack - Author: Megan Emmett and Sean Pattrick - Published: 2013 - Page: 259


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