Sjambok Pod tree / Long-tail Cassia
Afrikaans name: Sambokpeul
Sjambok Pod tree
The Sjambok Tree is also know as the Long-tail Cassia. Both names refer to the extraordinarily long seed-pods born by the tree. A "sjambok" is a straight, heavy whip made out of either leather or plastic.
The flowers of the Sjambok Tree occur in early spring and are deep yellow in colour and have a pleasant scent.
The Sjambok Tree is slow-growing and normally reaches a height of around 10 metres.
It is found in a variety of African countries from Somalia and South Africa. It is quite a popular tree amongst gardeners with smaller gardens.
References and further readingA Field Guide to the Trees of Southern Africa - Author: E. Palmer - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 154
A site-by-site guide to trees in the Kruger National Park - Author: Marissa Greeff - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 132
Common Trees of the Highveld - Author: Drummond & Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 1973 - Page: 40
Everyone's Guide to Trees of South Africa - Author: Keith, Paul and Meg Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 38
Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - Author: Piet van Wyk - Year Published: 2008 - Page: 88
Pocket Guide - Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Piet van Wyk - Year Published: 2013 - Page: 49
Sappi Tree Spotting: Lowveld - Author: Jacana - Year Published: 1997 - Page: 42
Trees of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Keith Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 2002 - Page: 339