Adopt a Tree
CHANFUTA (AFZELIA QUANZENSIS) – Adopt for $2
This magnificent tropical species is a deciduous tree which does not often exceed 12 m in height although in ideal conditions it can reach 35 m. In certain parts of Southern Africa the seeds are used for ornaments and charms and are often strung into necklaces or made into trinkets which are sold as curios.
In African traditional medicine, parts of this tree are believed to cure bilharzia and certain eye complaints.
PANGA PANGA (MILLETTIA STUHLMANNII) – Adopt for $2
A large, fine, spreading tree up to 20 m in height, occurring in low altitude, high rain-fall forest and riverine fringe forest where it reaches its greatest size.
The seed pods explode, sending the seeds scattering for quite a distance.
The flowers are very beautiful; large, lilac, pea-shaped, in long sprays up to 35 cm long.
UMBAUA (KHAYA NYASICA) – Adopt for $2
Mahogany – A large to very large tree, sometimes exceeding 60 m in height, occurring at medium to low altitudes, in evergreen forest and riverine fringe forest.
The bark is bitter, resembling quinine and in traditional African medicine an infusion of the bark is used to relieve colds.
KAPOK TREE (CEIBA PENTANDRA) – Adopt for $2
The Kapok tree from tropical America, Africa and India grows to a great height and is now widely cultivated for its soft, silky kapok fibre which is used to fill duvets, pillows and cushions. This tree is very popular with birds and bees.
Alan Schwarz of Mezimbite also turns the seeds into oil.