Species discussed by Lee Jones below refer to the Baviaans River, but would apply to the Hout Bay River too.
“The flora described here should occur within 10 meters of the middle of the river.
Species underlined may not be indigenous to Hout Bay but all are indigenous to the Cape Peninsula (refer to Coates Palgrave, 1988 – Trees of South Africa).
It is my opinion that most of the trees in the Hout Bay area were cut down during the 17th to 19th centuries for boat-building and other endeavours. I believe (given the distribution of these species) that it would be likely that all of these tree species would have been present in this sort of habitat in Hout Bay prior to colonisation.
There does appear to be some confusion regarding Salix hirsuta (I understand that this species is now considered to be a subspecies of S. mucronata). The most readily available and the species most likely to have occurred (or which are present) in this river corridor are indicated with an asterisk.”
Lee Jones Indigenous Vegetation Consultancy
Recommended Riparian Tree Species
Butterspoon Tree / Rooiels
Halleria lucida *
Kiggelaria africana *
Ocotea bullata *
Stinkwood, Black stinkwood, Cape laurel
|Salix mucronata / hirsuta – Cape Safsaf willow or Cape silver willow
|Brabejum stellatifolium – Cape Bitter Almond or Wild Almond
Chionanthus foveolatus *
Fine leaved ironwood, Pock Ironwood or Bastard Ironwood
Diospyros whyteana *
African holly, Cape holly, Wild holly, Watertree
Olea europaea subsp. africana *
Wild olive, Olienhout
Rapanea melanophloeos *
Cape beech or Boekenhout
Larger Species for use along the “Toe” of the River Channel
Bietou, Tick berry, Bosluisbessie, Weskusbietou
Waxy Currant Blinktaaibos
Smaller Species for use on the banks and away from the fast stream
Wild Rosemar, kapokbos
Rose Scented Pelargonium
Species for use along bank (can handle fast stream flow)
Basket grass, Umbrella Plant
Species for use along flood shelf (Species which do not manage long periods of fast stream flow but which can handle periods of inundation)
Shade Loving Species