The Bushman’s Candle (Sarcocaulon crassicaule)

The Bushman’s Candle (Sarcocaulon crassicaule)
occur in regions where dry climatic conditions prevail, and are found on rocky hillsides or mountainsides, gravel, outcrops of weathered quartzite and red dune sands. You get about 14 different species. The fleshy branches, covered with wax, are flammable and can even when wet, be used as a kindling to light fires.
The bushman’s candle got its name because its stem is full of resin and burns with an aromatic smell. Bushmen used to use this grease filled plant to start fires and as a light and heat source.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s