Thorn trees flowering in Kruger – September time – summer time

Thorn trees flowering in Kruger – September time – summer time

After experiencing as many as 36 September months in the Greater Kruger area, this time of the year still thrills me. Seldom have we seen such a prolific flowering of our most common Acacia trees and the air is fragrant, fresh and sweet with the scent of spring. The creamy white flowers are borne on a single unbranched inflorescence called a spike, a misnomer without a doubt for the fluffy soft blossoms clustered on the panicle. Giraffe appear chipmunk-cheeked munching on the yummy creamy white blossoms while birds, ranging from the delicate and nimble sun-birds to ungainly go-away birds eat their fill. Busy bees start at dawn humming happily pollinating and collecting nectar. This Knobthorn acacia is truly the favourite of the time.

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