The Remarkable Capabilities of Spekboom: An Environmental Steward

Oct 10, 2023 | Sustainability

Nestled within one of our producer’s farms, an exceptional sustainability initiative is taking shape, one centred around a plant with extraordinary environmental attributes. Allow us to introduce Spekboom, scientifically known as Portulacaria afra – a plant that, while humble in appearance, possesses remarkable qualities in the realm of environmental stewardship.

Spekboom, a native succulent of South Africa, is renowned for its lush greenery and remarkable ability to flourish in arid climates. Its unassuming facade conceals an environmental powerhouse.

The Carbon Sequestration Maestro

One of Spekboom’s most astounding features is its proficiency in carbon sequestration. This unpretentious plant has the capacity to absorb substantial volumes of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. In fact, studies have revealed that a hectare of spekboom can sequester more CO2 than an equivalent area of a tropical rainforest.

How does it achieve this? Spekboom employs a specialised photosynthetic pathway known as Crassulacean Acid Metabolism (CAM), allowing it to open its stomata at night, thus minimising water loss and facilitating efficient CO2 absorption. This distinctive adaptation positions it as an invaluable asset in our battle against climate change.

Drought-Resistant and Water-Efficient

Spekboom’s capacity to thrive in arid conditions has propelled it into the spotlight in sustainability circles. As water resources become increasingly scarce in many regions, the cultivation of drought-resistant species such as spekboom is a judicious choice. Its water-efficient characteristics reduce the burden on local water sources, making it an environmentally responsible addition to farms and landscapes.

An Advocate for Biodiversity

Planting spekboom extends benefits beyond climate change mitigation—it also bolsters local biodiversity. Its dense foliage serves as a haven and food source for an array of insects and avian species. By fostering a hospitable habitat, spekboom contributes to the overall vitality of the ecosystem.

Our Dedication to a Sustainable Future

At Delecta, we are firm believers that every incremental effort contributes to the global struggle against climate change. Our support for initiatives such as the spekboom planting project is a tangible demonstration of our commitment to shrinking our carbon footprint and proactively nurturing a healthier environment.

As we progress with our spekboom project, we eagerly anticipate sharing updates on its advancement and the affirmative impact it imparts upon our local ecosystem.

Join Us in Making a Difference!

Join us in celebrating this remarkable plant and its pivotal role in safeguarding our planet for generations to come. Together, we can effect change, one spekboom at a time.