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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

White Ironwood

Afrikaans name:

Leaves of Vepris lanceolata

White Ironwood tree

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Vepris lanceolata

The White Ironwood is found along the eastern region of South Africa from the Western Cape through to KwaZulu-Natal. It is also found in the Gauteng, North West, Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces but not at lower altitudes. They grow to around 15 metres in height but some specimens can reach 30 metres. The leaves are dark green and are arranged in groups of three. The bark is whitish-grey and sometimes shows a pinkish tinge. The flowers are white and star-shaped but are tiny. The fruits are small and berry-like. They change from green to black when ripe.


References and further reading

A Field Guide to the Trees of Southern Africa - Author: E. Palmer - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 171

Everyone's Guide to Trees of South Africa - Author: Keith, Paul and Meg Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 45

Pocket Guide - Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Piet van Wyk - Year Published: 2013 - Page: 64

Sappi Tree Spotting: KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape - Author: Val Thomas and Rina Grant - Year Published: 2004? - Page: 260

The Complete Field Guide to Trees of Natal, Zululand and Transkei - Author: Elsa Pooley - Year Published: 1994 - Page: 188

The Natal Bushveld - Volume 1 - Author: Natal Parks Board - Year Published: 1981 - Page: 45

Trees of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Keith Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 2002 - Page: 416

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