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Red-fruit White-stinkwood / Natal Elm

Afrikaans name: Rooivrugwitstinkhout

Natal Elm

Red-fruit White-stinkwood

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Celtis mildbraedii

The Red-fruit White-stinkwood, also known as the Natal Elm, is found in South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe and across from West Africa to Tanzania. Other names for it include Natal White Stinkwood.

These trees occur in forested areas where they can reach a height of 30 metres. In more tropical areas they can reach a height of 50 metres or more.

The Red-fruit White-stinkwood gets tiny flowers and the fruit, which is reddish when ripe, is also small.

The wood of the Red-fruit White-stinkwood is used to make various items such as floor boards, staircases, ladders and tool handles.

Natal Elm leaves

Above - Leaves of the Red-fruit White-stinkwood tree

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