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The Myrsine Mystery Tree Essence - Tree of Grace

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Key Qualities
transcendence, spiritual evolution, miracles and magic, grace and gratitude, radical faith

existential loneliness, alienation, fear of the unknown

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The Myrsine Mystery Tree Essence

Key Qualities
transcendence, spiritual evolution, miracles and magic, grace and gratitude, radical faith

existential loneliness, alienation, fear of the unknown

I am a child of the Universe and I am gracefully aligned with the Divine Blue Print of Life which is forever unfolding.

The Tree of Grace is a tree of mystery. She holds the energy of evolution and magic in motion - boundless, unknown and infinite. Rich in potential and possibility, she reminds us of how little we truly know about the universal forces that underpin and manifest our earthly existence. Words cannot pin her down for she is currently in the process of creating herself. This new essence was discovered at a key time for humanity: it is here to assist and support us as we navigate through the great shift into the Golden Age of Aquarius. This essence holds us in a space of grace and faith as we open to and embrace the magic of the unknown. The Tree of Grace essence is particularly supportive for Empaths, Highly Sensitives and Advanced / Old Souls who have embodied at this time of the birthing of the New Earth. This essence is a comfort for these souls who have often felt alone and alienated on the planet, and will assist them with connecting with their greater soul / star tribe. Holding joy, light and magic, the Myrsine Mystery assists us with manifesting these qualities into not only our own lives, but also for the greater whole.

Melissa Krige about the Myrsine Mystery Tree

The Large Cape Myrtle is elusive and rare. It was only in 2018, thirteen years after making our home at Platbos, that this tree was identified as the fourteenth Platbos tree species. A small growing tree of roughly six metres in height, it occurs in the uppermost reaches of the forest, its branches snaking through a low-growing Milkwood. Both trees are surrounded by a dense tangle of Spike Thorns, Fine Ironwoods and Saffronwoods. The dull green leaves of the Myrsine blend with the general foliage and we passed it numerous times over the years without seeing it. When we did finally notice it, samples of the leaves, flowers and fruit were sent to a number of botanists for identification but it drew a blank. In the end, it was the tree who told me her name.

I was examining the tiny flowers with a magnifying glass and they reminded me of another Platbos plant species, the Cape Myrtle (Myrsine africana), a pretty and prolific understory shrub here. I quickly consulted my copy of “Trees of Southern Africa” by Coates Palgrave – the Tree “Bible” – to see what other Myrsine species were listed. Sure enough, a small tree, bearing resemblances to the one here, was described: the Myrsine pillansii. I sent off flower and leaf samples to the Kirstenbosch Herbarium in Cape Town with the suggestion that it was a Myrsine pillansii and shortly thereafter my identification was confirmed.

For me, this is a powerful example of intuitive interspecies communication in action. The flowers that I examined – tiny as they were – turned out to be the old, spent flowers. The fresh flowers of the Myrsine pillansii – along with its leaves and other growth patterns – bear no obvious resemblances to those of the Myrsine africana which are delicate, wispy shrubs no more than about 75 centimetres in height. Yet, in a matter of minutes I had correctly identified the tree. The tree, I believe, sent me a psychic message that bypassed the usual scientific methods of identification which would have been time consuming and arduous given the rarity of this tree and the fact that highly respected botanists had already failed to recognize it. This is not to say that the Linnaean taxonomic system is not of value – as a horticulturist I use it all the time with plant identification – but rather it is to highlight the intelligence of the Green Beings and their ability to communicate with us if we are prepared to listen intuitively to them.

Having identified it however, the Mystery Tree – as I dubbed her– continued to mystify and perplex me. I refer to this tree as a “she” both because her energy feels feminine to me, and also because this tree carries female flowers that turn into small, brownish-red fruit. The Large Cape Myrtle is dioecious – the male and female flowers are found on separate trees. While it is possible that another Large Myrtle will still be discover in the Reserve, for now this one appears to be an isolated specimen whose fruits will likely be sterile as she has no mate. I have not found any seedlings coming up in the area, so likely this is the case.

Not much is known about the Myrsine pillansii. Specimens have been recorded throughout South Africa: the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, the North West Province and Zimbabwe.

However, it is a very rare species of sporadic occurrence; and hence there is little information about it. Invaluable then is John Burrow’s article on the Myrsine pillansii in 1999’s edition of Plantlife (20/1999). He too found himself immersed in the Myrsine Mystery when isolated specimens were discovered in the Buffelskloof Nature Reserve in Mpumalanga. To summarise Burrow’s findings, the Myrsine pillansii, when it occurs, is always found to be in the presence of the delicate understory shrub, Myrsine africana. In addition, on two different occasions, when hundreds of the Myrsine africana seeds were sown, a single Myrsine pillansii seedling appeared amongst the other seedlings which germinated true to type. From this, it has been surmised that the Myrsine pillansii may not be a distinct specie of its own but rather a polyploid.

Polyploids are a genetic anomaly wherein the individual possesses a natural doubling of the chromosomes of the parent plant. This results in a larger individual, with bigger leaves, flowers and growth patterns. The natural phenomenon of polyploidy is considered to play a significant role in the evolution of higher plants. In fact, the majority of flowering plants and vertebrates have descended from polyploid ancestors. Polyploidy is the most rapid method known to produce radically different and robust new individuals that are able to adapt and thrive in changing environmental conditions. *1

Intuitively, my sense is that the Myrsine pillansii is indeed an evolving new tree species – that the scattering of isolated trees found around Southern Africa are the forerunners – and that one day they will produce viable seed.

My challenge is to successfully propagate the seed of the Platbos Myrsine pillansii; failing that, a molecular study is required to unravel the Myrsine Mystery once and for all.

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