The Spekboom has enormous carbon-storing capabilities. Its capacity to offset harmful carbon emissions is compared to that of a moist, subtropical forest. This remarkable plant is unique in that it stores solar energy to photosynthesise at night. This makes Spekboom thicket 10 times more effective per hectare at carbon fixing than any tropical rain forest. Each hectare of Spekboom could capture 4,2 tons of carbon yearly.
The Spekboom (Portulacaria Afra) is truly the miracle plant of the Eastern Cape and the Sundays River Valley. The Addo Elephant National Park is privileged to be the centre of the Spekboom region. The Valley Bushveld Biome (Xerix Succulent Thicket), of which the Spekboom certainly forms the main part, occurs mainly in the Eastern Cape's river valleys of the Gamtoos, Sundays, Fish and their surrounding areas.
The Xhosa name for the Spekboom is iGwanitsha and in English it is known by the descriptive name of Elephant's Food (and not as the Pork Bush according to the wrong direct translation from Afrikaans) as it forms up to 80% of the diet of elephants. An elephant eats up to 200kg of Spekboom leaves per day.
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