Category Archives: plants

Marula

A while back, I wrote a post about a magic tree. A magic penis tree. It was, of course, not really magic at all. It just had such strange, unlikely fruit that it some odd beliefs got attached to it. … Continue reading

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The Leadwood.

I threatened you with an avalanche of owls. They’re coming. But not quite yet. They don’t have anywhere to sit. Fear not. I’m on it. They can sit in one of these, in a few centuries time; That, good people, … Continue reading

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The Poison tree.

It’s happened to all of us at one time or another. You’re sitting in the dappled shade of a bushveld tree on a hot summer’s day, contemplating the view, beetles and bees buzzing lazily through the canopy above you, when … Continue reading

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The Sausage Tree.

Today, I’m going to write about real magic. Just as soon as I’m done telling you about Sausage Trees. This is a Sausage Tree. Its proper name is kigelia africana. It grows down in the Lowveld. It’s one of the … Continue reading

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Watching the grass grow

I hope you’re all ready for a bit of excitement. We’re going to watch grass grow. Yeeeeeehah!

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Zombies! Corpses! Poetry! And plants.

When I was but a callow youth, I went on a school tour to Russia, and saw, for the first time, a people who were really into queuing. South Africans aren’t bad at queuing, but for the Russians, it was … Continue reading

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