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Race to save Limpopo’s magical Mutavhatsindi tree

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The Mutavhatsindi tree is described as “the most wanted medicinal tree” in the Vhembe district and is intensely exploited for its medicinal bark and roots. (Brita Lomba, CC BY-SA 3.0)

Conservationists are in a race against time to save the fast-dwindling “magical” Mutavhatsindi tree, which is only found in the Vhembe District in Limpopo, from extinction. 

Within South Africa, the critically endangered species (Brackenridgea zanguebarica), also commonly known as the yellow peeling plane, only exists in a small 110 hectare  subpopulation in the Mutavhatsindi Nature Reserve.

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