26 April 2011

Tree and grass pollens in South Africa

The following table outlines the main trees and grasses in South Africa, where they are found and when their pollen seasons are.


The following table outlines the main trees and grasses in South Africa, where they are found and when their pollen seasons are. 

Trees Region Pollen season
Eucalyptus spp. (Blue Gum) Mainly in Gauteng, but scattered throughout SA More or less all year round, except in the Cape. Pollen not very prolific.
Acacia spp. All areas August to December
Willows (Salix spp.) All areas Very little pollen, as only female trees have been imported.
Pine trees (Pinus spp.) All areas Late August
Yellowwoods (Podocarpus spp.) Mostly in the Cape Mid-October
Oak trees (Quercus spp.) Mostly in the Cape Varies - mostly late August
Stinkwood (Ocotea bullata) Western Cape October
Cypress and Juniper (Cupressus and Juniperus spp.) All areas August, September
Plane (Platanus spp.) Many urban areas Mainly September


Grasses Region Peak pollen period
Meadow grass or Kentucky Blue Grass (Poa annua) Coastal areas, interior except Western and Northern border August, September
Bermuda Grass or Couch Grass (Cynodon dactylon) All areas September to May
Common Reed (Phragmites spp.) All areas August
Rooigras (Themeda triandra) All areas except western Northern Cape June to November
Love Grass (Eragrostis spp.) All areas August to February
Thatching grass (Hyparrhenia spp.) Mainly northern and eastern parts of the country September to February
Kikuyu (Pennisetum setaceum) Most urban areas September to February
Rye Grass (Lolium spp.) Southern, eastern and northern parts of the country September to November

(Susan Erasmus, Health24)

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