Having grown up by the coast of Kenya, l grew up seeing the Neem tree everywhere and only started to pay attention to its diverse uses during the yearly Science Congress meets held all over the country. Back then, we used to climb the tree to harvest the natural glue collecting on its bark but for the love of God, l cannot remember why (must have blanked out the memory).
Blog Category: Greendic
The Desert Date or Mjunju as it's referred to in Kiswahili is a slow-growing evergreen tree which grows up to between 6 - 10m. in height with the crown often rounded into a tangled mass of thorny bushes.
Red mangrove is the commonest and most important species of the Mangrove family found in Kenya. To backtrack a bit, the term ‘mangrove’ is a unique assembly of unrelated plants which are specifically adapted to life in the mud of tidal estuaries and lagoons.
The Baobab tree or Mbuyu as it is known in Swahili is a striking deciduous tree of immense girth which can grow up to 25m in height, bare of leaves for as much as 9 months of the year.
It's been a long time coming but our first tree is the Casuarina which always reminds me of my upcountry home and weaver birds.