Rhus pyroides

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Rhus pyroides
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Order: Sapindales
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Genus: Rhus
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Rhus pyroides
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Rhus pyroides (Common Currant-Rhus English, Gewone Taaibos Afrikaans, Nhlokoshiyane isiZulu) is a species of Rhus, native to southern Africa. This tree occurs throughout the whole of South Africa, a part of Botswana and Zimbabwe and in some areas of Namibia near Windhoek.

It is very variable in all respects , though it is usually bushy and often spiny. It is found in bushveld, dry thornveld, on rocky hillsides, termite mounds, water courses and even on the fringes of forests. It is very hardy, tough, drought resistant and deciduous. The leaves are attractive and trifoliate and it sometimes has large, woody spines. Flowers are very small, yellow and are borne in Summer. The male and female flowers are borne on separate trees and the female trees bear small fruits 3-4 mm in diameter , which turn red when ripe. The tree attracts a multitude of birds and insects and is an attractive addition to a garden.

The Rhus pyroides is one of the South African trees of the year.Template:Sapindales-stub

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