Kaokoland Trees: East

We can continue to look at the plants & trees found in Kaokoland. Our focus today will be the East of Kaokoland:

Vegetation in the eastern, mainly flat part of Kaokoland, consists of Mopane and Mopane-CommiphoraAcacia savannah and woodland on red Kalahari sand.

The dominant tree here is the mopane Mopane colophospermum. Other trees include velvet corkwood Commiphora mollis, sand corkwood C. angolensis, blue-leaved corkwood C. glandulosa, hairy corkwood C. africana , sand-veld acacia  Acacia fleckii, floodplain acacia A. kirkii, kudu-bush Combretum apiculatum, leadwood C. imberbe, mouse-eared combretum C. hereoense, purple-pod terminalia Terminalia prunioides, Herero sesame-bush Sesamothamnus guerichii, Kalahari apple-leaf Philenoptera nelsii, shepherd’s tree Boscia albitrunca and smelly shepherd’s bush Boscia foetida.  Common shrubs are trumpet-thorn Catophractes alexandri, sickle-bush Dichrostachys cinerea, velvet raisin bush Grewia flava and in the northeast, white bauhinia Bauhinia petersiana.

Mopane Woodland - Copyright Wessel Swannepoel

Mopane Woodland – Copyright Wessel Swannepoel

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