Drakensberg’s Ouhout

Ouhout or Old Wood (Leucosidea sericea) is a common small tree or shrub found in the Lower Drakensberg. The trunk and branches are rough or gnarled and reddish brown. This is the reason for its name. It is noted along streams and areas such as crevices where it is protected from fire.

Drakensberg's Ouhout

This tree grows to heights of seven metres and five metres wide. It is low branching. The leaves are compound and covered with silky silver hairs. Each leaf has three to four pairs of leaflets. These leaves are dark green above and a lighter green on the underside. The leaves are deeply serrated.

Ouhout, Drakensberg

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