Monday, September 19, 2011


I am and always have been enamored of the African acacias. They are graceful and elegant trees and provide food for giraffe, homes for weaver birds, thorned fence enclosures for Maasai goats and cattle, and much more.

One of my favorites, the yellow-barked "fever tree," Acacia xanthophloea, which early settlers thought was the source of malaria, not realizing that it was carried by mosquitoes supported in the swampy areas that these trees favor:

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