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Weeping Wattle

Afrikaans name: Huilboom

Leaves and seedpods of a Weeping Wattle tree

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Peltophorum africanum

The Weeping Wattle is a smallish tree that rarely reaches a height of 10 metres.

During summer it gets clusters of yellow flowers.

Seedpods develop and are usually ripe around February.

The name Weeping Wattle arises from a liquid that drips from the trees. Interestingly this liquid is not from the tree itself. It comes from Cuckoo-spit Insects which feed on the sap of the Weeping Wattle.

The wood of the Weeping Wattle is used to make furniture and ornaments.

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