Jumping Tamboti Seeds

Beautiful wood is not the only reason for tamboti trees’ popularity. The  medium-sized, semi-deciduous tree is also a jumping bean tree.

The tamboti tree Spirostachys africana, indigenous to Swaziland, is a ‘jumping bean’ tree because its seeds become infested with the larvae of  a small grey moth which causes the seed to jump centimetres into the air. Check out the jumping tamboti seeds video taken from Hlane Royal National Park above!

The larvae develops within the growing fruits having entered the fruit while green. When the fruits are mature each splits into 3 segments. After falling onto the ground, the larvae inside the segments, causes them to move about erratically and vigorously leading to the name ‘Jumping Bean Tree’.

The Tamboti tree, Umtfombotsi is a medium sized deciduous tree which can be found at Hlane Royal National Park and Mkhaya Game Reserve. The name means “spirally arranged African tree”, referring to the manner in which the flowers grow. Hurry down to Mkhaya and Hlane to see these jumping bean seeds. While you are there, don’t forget to take pictures of the new members of the BGP Family and enter our Baby Season Competition!

Author: Big Game Parks

Sawubona! Welcome to Big Game Parks' Blog! From the flatlands in the East, through the mountainous and scenic West, to the heart of the lowveld in the South East, the Kingdom of Swaziland not only offers you nearly every example of African landscape but also unforgettable wildlife, culture, adventure and birding experiences. Big Game Parks (BGP) is a private non-profit Trust which manages three game reserves in Swaziland: Hlane Royal National Park, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and Mkhaya Game Reserve. All follow a common mission: to conserve the rich biodiversity of Swaziland's natural heritage. In 1960 the Reilly's family established the Kingdom's first game reserve on the Reilly family farm, Mlilwane. Hlane Royal National Park and Mkhaya Game Reserve soon followed and today the company's contribution to the restoration and protection of the Kingdom’s biodiversity is of great significance (BGP actually saved 22 species from extinction in Swaziland!) and can truly be appreciated by the discerning traveller. Swaziland is well-situated between Kruger National Park and Kwa-Zulu Natal as well as Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Maputo. Big Game Parks’ well-positioned and diverse game reserves are an essential destination in any itinerary. Discover all the latest Big Game Parks tourism, conservation and community happenings right here. Sitawubonana! See you soon!

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