The longer we work and live in the forest, the more we discover about it. Here then, are the beginings of our ongoing learning.
A Unique Tree Composition
What makes Platbos a unique forest is its tree specie composition. The dominant trees are the Afromontane species of Celtis africana "white stinkwood", Olinia ventosa "hard pear" and Apodytes dimidiata "white pear", combined with the coastal forest tree species of Sideroxylon inerme "milkwood" and Chionanthus foveolata "pock ironwood". As a result, Platbos does not fit comfortably into any of the existing forest categories. It has been compared to the Tongaland-Pondoland forests of Kwazulu Natal, and it has also been described as a "sand forest". In his study of 1961, botanist Dr Taylor referred to it as a "Celtis-Olinia-Apodytes Tall Forest" because of the relative dominance of these forest trees, and certainly it is these trees which give Platbos is special character.
It is perhaps enough to say that, whatever its botanical category, this southermost forest of Africa is unique, and as such, a haven for not only the animals that dwell in it, but also for the weary souls that come to soak up its gentle peace.
|Carissa bispinosa "num-num"|
|Cassine tetragona "climbing saffronwood"|
|Cassine papillosa "common saffronwood"|
|Eriocephalus Africana "wild rosemary"|
|Leonotis leonurus "wild dagga"|
|Maytenus heterophylla "spike thorn"|
|Myrsine africana "Cape myrtle"|
|Pelargonium capitatum "rose geranium"|
|Polygala myrtifolia "septemberbos"|
|Rhus glauca "blue kuni-bush"|
|Rhus lucida "taaibos"|
|Salvia africana-lutea "dune sage"|
|Chasmanthe aethiopica "suurkanol"|
|Lachenalia bulbifera "rooi viooltjie"|
|Oxalis pes-caprae "wood sorrel"|
|Zantedeschia aethiopica "arum lily" / "varkblom"|
|Cissampelos capensis "davidjieswortel"|
|Protasparagus aethiopicus "wild asparagus"|