‘Up­side down’ tree trade il­le­gal

Northern Eyethu - - FRONT PAGE - Tam­lyn Jolly

EZEMVELO KZN Wildlife has urged mem­bers of the pub­lic to re­frain from buy­ing ‘up­side down’ trees from Dukuduku’s road­side sell­ers, for nu­mer­ous rea­sons.

The trees are the root sys­tems of a pro­tected species and, as such, the felling of them for dec­o­ra­tive house­hold items is not sus­tain­able, it is not a by-prod­uct of agri­cul­tural de­vel­op­ment, and the trees are killed specif­i­cally to be sold.

The species, the Hy­meno­car­dia ul­moides (Red­heart) is a slow-grow­ing in­dige­nous hard­wood tree.

Ex­port of this species from KZN is not le­gal with­out a per­mit and Ezemvelo dis­cour­ages any­one from sup­port­ing this ‘un­wise form of use’.

Tam­lyn Jolly

Dukuduku’s ‘up­side down’ trees are a pro­tected slow-grow­ing in­dige­nous hard­wood species known as the Red­heart

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