At hotel all day, resting after wild baobab and Zambesi joy. Strange tree. In bark like skin of elephant. Corrugated and wrinkled like skin of rhinoceros. Very smooth and glossy. Gray, whitish some places. Beautiful five to seven-parted leaves. Huge limbs but well clothed with leaves. So striking in size and form it is easily recognized at a distance of several miles. The Falls too are grand and novel, and are already drawing large number of tourists from all parts of the world. Smoke-like spray is ever ascending, watering the woods in the neighborhood with constant drizzling showers. Large area near the Falls called the “Rainy Woods.” Among the other notable trees of the baobab forest is the Mopani, a fine, large leguminous tree with hard, valuable wood. The Maruba, another large tree, the fruit of which is edible. Erythima Tomentosa, something like the baobab at a distance, also leguminous. Kigelia has fruit shaped like sausage two feet in length. This large tree is also seen at Victoria Falls. Coomon in equatorial Africa. It has a sturdy trunk with rough furrowed bark like an oak. Purple tulip-like blossoms. Also three species of palms.
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 17 cm.
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