Meet the trees – the fever treeAUTHOR: Miranda // CATEGORY: Black Dog Summer, Meet the trees Black Dog Summer, fever tree, Meet the trees No Comments
“…spiky aloes, succulent elephant plants and pebbles flank the paths, and between each two adjoining driveways stands a pale-green-barked, white-thorned fever tree.”
This elegant, pastel-hued member of the Acacia family gets its common name from a long-ago misunderstanding. Early European pioneers found themselves contracting terrible fevers when journeying through or living in areas where these green-yellow barked thorn trees grew. They figured it must be the trees making them sick, but of course it was because the trees liked to grow in the swampy spots where malaria-carrying mosquitoes thrived.
The acacia xanthophloea is quite unique, as photo-synthesis takes place in the bark because its leaves are so small.