Raffia Palms, Mtunzini

An unusual feature of the town of Mtunzini is a grove of giant palm trees. These Raffia Palms were planted in the early 1900’s by the then District Magistrate Mr. C. C. Foxen from seed he had collected in the Maputalnd area. He reported that, according to local inhabitants, some early Portuguese missionaries brought the palms to the area.

 

The palms bare a fruit that attracts Palmnut Vultures and these can sometimes be seen feasting on the fruit. The only other area in South Africa where the palms are found is at the Kosi Bay lakes near the Mozambique border.

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