Cassine peragua, a fragrant Saffron tree

Trees are not frequent in fynbos areas. One has to search along the stream beds or in the kloofs. Our botanical walks for the past two weeks have focused on trees and getting to know them a little better.

We were all enchanted by this Cassine peragua growing below the path at the entrance to the little Boekenhoutbos forest. It is in full flower with a wonderful scent. The bees are loving it.

Its vernacular name, Bastard Saffron tree, comes from the colour of its trunk.  The bark is greyish brown becoming flaky and falls off in thin scales to expose the powdery saffron-yellow pigment in the outer layers of the bark.

Deirdre Richards

Cassine peragua

Cassine peragua

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