a.Any of several species of the plant Cyphia of the Campanulaceae, with an edible, tuberous rootstock.
1795C.R. Hopsontr. ofC.P. Thunberg’s Trav.II. 102Besides the above-mentioned plant called Kon or Gunna, they use two others, viz. one called Kamekà, or Barup, which is said to be a large and watery root; and another called Ku, which is likewise, according to report, a large and succulent root.
1913C. PettmanAfricanderisms 48Baroo, Cyphia volubilis. The Hottentot name of this watery bulb, which is much esteemed by them for the moisture which it contains even in seasons of protracted drought.
1924L.H. BrinkmanGlory of Backveld 53The barroe is a bulb the size of a fowl’s egg, full of sweet, delicious milk.
1966C.A. SmithCommon Names 70Bar(r)oe, A modification of a native name for certain species of Cyphia. The tuberous roots have a watery, but pleasantly sweet taste.
1971L.G. GreenTaste of S.-Easter 91A school magazine published years ago..contains practical advice on the veldkos of the Nieuwoudtville district, the baroe and voëlvoet dug out by trekboers, shepherds and schoolboys.
1966C.A. SmithCommon Names 160Bosbar(r)oe, Cyphia sylvatica...Stem and branches twining. Leaves entire or finely-toothed; flowers solitary, while.
1966C.A. SmithCommon Names 81Veldbar(r)oe, Cyphia undulata...Tuber large, succulent and juicy. Stems slender, twining...Flowers bilabiate, rosy or white, sweetly scented. The species was first recorded by Ecklon (1828)...The vernacular name is derived from the habitat of the plants.
1972Beeton & Dorner inEng. Usage in Sn Afr.Vol.3No.2, 17There are several recognised species: bergbaroe (Cyphia assimilis), (C. bulbosa), bosbaroe (C. phyteuma), (C. sylvatica),..veldbaroe, [etc.].
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