2011 International Year of the forest – the trees of our local forests (2)

The Oliba / Black willow (Capparis odoratissima) What makes the Oliba the most recognizable are the seed pods. These are brown on the outside, but after ripening they’ll burst open and advertise themselves with a bright orange-red color on the inside. Sometimes the seeds burst open at almost the same time, and then it looks like the tree is decorated with red-orange streamers. The tree is green all year round and needs very little water to survive. It prefers to […] Read more »

2011 International Year of the forest – the trees of our local forests

After 17 articles in the series on local forests, in which several tree species were specifically mentioned, it seemed a nice ending of this series to devote some articles to specific plants and trees on the island. From the striking and familiar to the inconspicuous and largely unknown. The Palu Santu – Seaside mahoe (Thespesia populnea) The Palu Santu is a well known ‘beach’ tree. A loyal visitor of Daaibooibaai or former Hook’s Hut has consciously or unconsciously taken a […] Read more »