This tree is an
bonsai from 1844.
Wild plant from Port
Elizabeth, South Africa.
|Author: ||Carl Peter Thunberg 1800
||East and West Cape; South Africa,
Guaiacum afrum, Carl
Schotia afra var. angustifolia, Harv.
This member of the Fabaceae
family was described by Carl Peter Thunberg in 1800. It is found in
the coastal areas
of both sides of Cape area of South Africa, up into Namibia. It grows in a well
drained soil with little to some water and lots of sun. It will reach a height
of five meters, the flowers are plenty and dark pink to red.
The genus Schotia was named in honour of Richard van der
Schot, chief gardener of the Imperial Garden at Schönbrun.
Former member of the Zygophyllaceae, Leguminosae
and the Caesalpiniaceae families.
The bonsai has one, and not the
typical cluster of flowers.
A dark and a light flower from
the same area of Blue Water Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
And plenty of them. Addo
Elephant National Park.