Spekboom (Portulacaria afra), also called elephant bush, is a small succulent tree native to the Eastern Cape region of South Africa. It grows in semi-arid thickets and is a robust plant that is remarkably tolerant of drought and rocky soils. Spekboom can even get by with up to 250 mm of water per year. It can grow up to 5 meters high and creates a microclimate supportive of biodiversity restoration. Its roots are soil-binding, which prevents soil erosion, and its leaves contribute to soil regeneration due to their nutrient content. It is most noticeable during the flowering season with its characteristic pale pink, nectar-rich flowers that provide food for many insects and attract insectivorous birds. The longevity of the plant is well documented, it can live up to 200 years.
Modified on: Mon, 9 May, 2022 at 1:46 PM
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