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Savanna Plant: Sacred And Valuable

If you love the flora and the fauna and are very enthusiastic about keeping your garden beautiful because of them, you may be very familiar with savanna plants and has considered them to add in your wonderful collection of plants. Most of these savanna plants not only contribute to the beautification of our gardens and backyards, but they also help in the environment by contributing to ecology and participating in the food cycle.

The Sacred Plant

Now, why do I say that these savanna plants contribute to the environment’s ecology and food cycle? It is mainly because these plants are commonly being used as a food by other animals such as giraffe, elephants, and antelopes. One of the most popular among the savanna plants is the Senegal Gum Acacia which has the property of growing for up to twenty meters tall and has many branches that spread out to a flat, rounded top. Its leaves appear to be grayish green in color and have flowers that are colored yellow or cream that grows on spikes just above the thorns of the tree.

This type of savanna plant could withstand to live for long periods of drought and they popularly grow at sandy places where there are mostly 12 to fifteen inches of rain. And when the periods of rain are finished, it is known to ooze its sap or gum making it to as an ingredient, gum Arabic which are common to be used for most processed foods. The gum Arabic that was produced is being collected after the periods of rain especially during the months of December to June. The most common use of gum Arabic in food is through making some soda or pop since it is one of the important ingredients to its flavoring.

Also, this savanna plant is known to help cure certain ailments because of its gum Arabic and they are used to make medicines for coughs, diarrhea, sore throats, eyewash, and dysentery. Creams could be formulated using the gum Arabic to make mixture for skin inflammations and ailments for the urinary and respiratory tracts.

It not only provides food for the animals, but shelter as well since not only does giraffes, antelopes, and elephants could benefit from its shade but also its branches are being used by birds to make their nests. The savanna plant is considered to be a sacred plant in ancient Hebrew because not only Bible characters use them to aid them on their missions, but also contributes to the circle of life.


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Gardening Tip #8

Plants like Sanseveria and Aspidistra require no sun. They can be placed away from a window. Spider plants need semi-shade. You can put plants like these near a window that does or does not get sunlight. Check the label to see what your plant needs.