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Green Thorn Tree

Afrikaans name: Groendoring

Bark of a Green Thorn tree

Green Thorn tree

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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

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