Water Ironplum / Water Drypetes
Afrikaans name: Waterysterpruim
Water Ironplum tree
The Water Ironplum, also known as the Water Drypetes, is a small tree or shrub that reaches a maximum height of 8 to 10 metres. In South Africa it is found along the coastal and low lying areas of KwaZulu-Natal. Beyond South Africa's borders it can be found in Swaziland, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Tanzania.
As its name suggests it is associated with water and is often found near streams. It occurs in habitats coastal and evergreen forests.
The bark of the Water Ironplum is grayish are brighter on top than underneath. It flowers during November and December but the greenish flowers are not that obvious. The orange-red fruit appears between March and May.
Leaves of the Water Ironplum
References and further readingA Field Guide to the Trees of Southern Africa - Author: E. Palmer - Published: 1983 - Page: 186
The Complete Field Guide to Trees of Natal, Zululand and Transkei - Author: Elsa Pooley - Published: 1994 - Page: 212
Trees of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Keith Coates Palgrave - Published: 2002 - Page: 478