A fairly hardy small deciduous tree characterised with a peeling papery bark, Steganotaenia araliacea is endemic to Limpopo and Mpumalanga. This small savannah tree can reach a mature height of 2 to 7m.

Leaves are spirally arranged, crowded near the ends of branches. When crushed, the leaves have a carrot-like aroma hence the common name ‘Carrot tree’. The yellow- green to grey bark has a waxy texture and it peels off in papery strips or rectangles. From October to November the tree produces greenish white flowers. The flowers attract many insects with their pollen and nectar, and these in turn attract insect-eating birds to the garden. The blooms are produced before new leaves emerge.

It is an exceptionally drought-resistant plant, but it can also be grown in areas of high rainfall if the soil is well drained. This tree has medicinal value, the roots are used in treating snake bites and painful chest conditions. The Carrot tree is an ideal addition to a rockery or succulent garden. The tree is sometimes grown as a hedge. It is considered to be an important species for use in soil conservation projects. Steganotaenia araliacea is fairly drought and cold tolerant but sensitive to frost.