Berchemia discolor, the brown ivory, is a tree of the African tropics, a small part of its distribution reaching south into the far northeast of South African bushveld (SA Tree List No 449).
This magnificent specimen is growing in the Djuma Game Reserve in the Lowveld. The tree is sometimes deciduous, here found freshly sprouting in winter. The leaves are elliptic to oblong, up to 11 cm long, typically 7 cm.
The bark is dark grey and fissured, young branches smooth and green. Flowers growing in loose axillary clusters are small and greenish yellow in colour, appearing in spring and summer.
The fruit is an ovoid drupe, yellow to pale orange in colour with a single stone. It is popular as edible veld fruit, also for brewing beer and cooking a porridge (Van Wyk and Van Wyk, 1997; Coates Palgrave, 2002).