Afrikaans: Woord en Beeld Kalender/ Afr. Calendar

Rhus lancea, commonly known as Karee (English and Afrikaans) in Hlokoshiyne (isiZulu) Umhlakotshane (amaXhosa) Mokalaabata (North Sotho). Evergreen, frost hardy, drought resistant tree, which can reach up to 8 metres in height with a 5 metre spread. It has a graceful, weeping form and dark, fissured bark that contrasts well with its long, thinnish, hairless, dark-green, trifoliate leaves with smooth margins. It bears small yellow flowers followed on female trees by bunches of small yellow-green flattish fruits, which are relished by birds. In earlier times the fruits were pounded, water added and left to ferment, producing an evidently refreshing beer.

The tree is a good shade tree for gardens,
(and I love mine!) parks and pavements and is one of the most common trees on the Highveld and in the Bushveld in South Africa, but not found in the Lowveld. It favours areas rich in lime in the Karoo and Namibia. The name Rhus is derived from the Greek for “red”, an allusion to the striking autumn colours of some species, while lancea refers to the lance-shaped leaves and Karee is derived from Karoo.

Canon PowerShot S51S digital.
Gauteng, South Africa.
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WENNER in die Kom ons skryf-uitdaging in Afrikaans is my moedertaal
6 Desember 2010.

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Take a look at Maree Clarksons’ tree
“Inspired by Elizabeth Kendall’s beautiful image Karee Poetry” – no sketching before-hand – watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm – 12” x 8”

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  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonabout 4 years ago

    Also known as Black Karee (Swart Karee) and I absolutely love their twisted forms Liz! This is an absolutely great capture and an exceptional poem! Beautiful!!

  • Thank you Maree, glad you like it!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks for accepting David!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks for accepting Francis!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Marethe
    Maretheabout 4 years ago

    Dis pragtig mams!

  • Baie dankie Mareet! xx (komende van ’n regte fotograaf, is dit ’n groot kompliment!)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinabout 4 years ago

    love this shot…the clarity and fade is perfect, Liz…

  • Thanks so much Sally!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Johan  Nijenhuis
    Johan Nijenhuisabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks for accepting!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Rina Greeff
    Rina Greeffabout 4 years ago

    Lief die karee; ons het twee in ons tuin. Foto én vers vloei pragtig saam.

  • Baie dankie Rina, so lekker om jou ook hier te sien!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 4 years ago

  • Thanks for accepting!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Qnita
    Qnitaabout 4 years ago

  • Ag hoe heerlik!! Lief jou mooi prentjie! Baie dankie Qnita.

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonabout 4 years ago

    6 Desember 2010

  • Baie dankie Maree! Hoera vir Afrikaans!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

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