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Mopane Pomegranate

During the month of Late September early November or just after the first rains you will notice while driving around on Ingwelala a bright yellow flower. This is the Mopane Pomegranate ( Rhigozum zambesiacum).

(Zambesiacum: from the Zambezi River, where first collected). A rigid shrub or small twiggy tree to 4m; mostly found on low-lying, hot bushveld, especially on brackish flats near rivers and in mopane bushveld. The fruits of this tree/ shrub are a slender, flat pod-like capsule to 70mm long, pale brown when they ripe which will be in Nov-Jan.  

 

by John Llewellyn.