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Protorhus longifolia

English: Red Beech; Afrikaans: Rooiboekenhout

Protorhus longifolia - A medium to large, leafy, evergreen tree, 6-10(+15)m tall, occurring in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal coast and the Drakensberg Escarpment in Mpumalanga and the Northern Province in forest, krans edges, open woodland and on river banks. The leaves of P. longifolia are striking. The leaf veins are much lighter in colour than the dark green glossy upper surface of the leaves, and there are usually a few leaves that are yellow or red. The flowers are greenish-white to red in colour, and rather small and insignificant (about 4 mm in diameter). They are borne in panicles (Aug-Oct). The fruit is a drupe, which is pale purple in colour when mature (Oct-Dec). This species is dioecious, but bisexual trees also occur. It does well in gardens and has been used as a specimen tree and screening plant. Birds also seek its fruits. The species grows relatively quick, reaching an eventual height of 6-10 m. It tolerates slight frost and is very drought - resistant.


- Protorhus longifolia

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