Kirkia acuminata (SA Tree List No. 267), the witsering in Afrikaans, is an imposing presence in the dense bush of the eastern parts of Limpopo province. Although described as a medium-sized tree, the rounded crown towers over much of the surrounding bush. The leaves are imparipinnate, i.e. compound with a terminal leaflet. They are deciduous, sticky when young in spring, spectacularly coloured in yellow or red in autumn. Flowers are small, greenish cream in lax branched heads. The fruit is a thinly woody capsule that splits into quarters, holding one seed each (Coates Palgrave, 2002).