Acacia karroo thorns - botanical illustration

Maree Clarkson

Ballito, South Africa

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Acacia karroo thorns – botanical illustration

Watercolour and ink on Daler-Rowney Acid-free Heavy Weight 220gsm (135lbs) watercolour waper – sketched in my garden, Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa.
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Family: Fabaceae : Sub family: Mimosoideae
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My Acacia karroo trees are dressed in their full green summer finery and what fascinates me is that, as soon as the end of the day nears, the fine, feathery bi-pinnate leaves start closing, folding together until the tiny leaves are tightly scrunched together, opening again early morning, as if to welcome another summer’s day with open arms – wonderful!
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This is one of South Africa’s most beautiful and useful trees. It is integrally part of our country’s history having been used for everything from raft-making to sewing needles and fencing for the houses of the royal Zulu women. The thorns were even used by early naturalists to pin the insects they collected!
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Also known as sweet thorn, Karroo thorn, mimosa thorn, cockspur thorn, Cape gum (English); soetdoring, doorn boom (Afrikaans), this tree is native to southern Africa from southern Angola east to Mozambique, and south to South Africa.


28th April 2017 – FEATURED in “A Place to Start—The Place to Be”

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