Breonadia salicina, commonly known as mingerhout in Afrikaans, is a tree growing to a wide range of sizes, up to 40 m in height (SA Tree List No. 684).
In the photo some stem tip leaf bases cluster densely among the flowerheads, some of which don't yet have open flowers. The leaves have fleshy, creamy green petioles that become up to 2 cm long; the leaves themselves varying in length between 8 cm and 30 cm. The entire margins of the narrowly elliptic to lance-shaped leaves are visible, as are the pale lateral veins ascending from the sturdily ridged leaf midribs.
The flowers grow from leaf axils in spherical heads on long, slender peduncles, each with a pair of small bracts halfway up its length. Flowerheads become 1,5 cm to 2,5 cm in diameter. The tiny individual flowers, densely together in the flowerheads, are sweetly scented, their calyces short. Each floret has a pale mauve corolla, tubular and five-lobed, widening at the mouth in a funnel-shape. The stamens protrude; the ovary is two-chambered.
The fruits are small, brown, two-lobed capsules that become about 2 mm long. They are densely clustered in spherical heads as the flowers had been before (Coates Palgrave, 2002).