Acacia pneumatophores

Posted on 28 August by Carl Vernon in Flora

Acacia pneumatophores

The fever tree Acacia xanthophloea has been found to have pneumatophores - see Moll & van Wyk 2013 in S.Afr.J.Science.   The pneumatophores occur as raised knobs along the roots and can be see in the photograph.     They are found on trees which grow in marshes and estuaries, for example they are found on the  black mangrove Bruguiera gymnorrhiza.    An interesting thing about the tree in Smythelands Road was the contrast between it an adjacent fever tree as the latter did not have any lateral roots protruding out of the ground.




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