Sand Olive…

I came across this tree near the Enzamalanga trig beacon in Esigodini. The area is very rocky and crisscrossed with paths and tiny roads used by small miners and people who are called Tshekedsha (the name comes from the sound made when the sieve is shaken during the gold panning process.)  Most Tshekedsha are illegally mining and they make quite a mess of the environment.

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http://www.randomharvest.co.za/South-African-Indigenous-Plants/Show-Plant/PlantId/140?Plant=Dodonaea%20angustifolia

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It looks a little like a combretum, but I’m told it isn’t.

It is often planted in areas that were deforested and so easily establishes itself here where the soil was bare and dug over.

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The cream colours of this bush show up strongly all along the hillsides at this time of the year…

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