This tree is called a Mutanga tree in the Kikuyu language, and I’m unaware of any other names for it. These trees at one time were very prevalent in the forests in this region, but they are not nearly as common anymore since one hundred years of cutting has taken its toll on the forest. The particular tree in this picture, however, has its own RVA tradition associated with it. A short walk from our one hundred year old building, this tree served for many years as the lavatory for the boys at the school. I suppose that is the reason it acquired the name “Green Tree”, though only the old timers remember why. Today it sits in the middle of a parking lot, but is considered “sacred” enough that it will never be chopped down.