1824W.J. BurchellTrav.II. 21The soil..was covered principally with such shrubs and plants as afford alkali: these were the Kanna-bush, and another whose name of Brak-boschjes (Brackish Bushes) indicates that their nature has been well observed by the inhabitants.
1886G.A. FariniThrough Kalahari Desert 439The poor oxen were obliged to be content with feeding on a shrub called brak bosch — the pulpy leaves of which have a strong taste of salt.
1890A. MartinHome Life 48The brack-bosch..with blue-green leaves, and blossom consisting of a spike of little greenish tufts.
1917R. MarlothDict. of Common Names of Plants 15Brak’bos, (Salt bush). Several species of Atriplex are useful food-plants for stock. A. Halimus is the common indigenous salt-bush, frequent along the banks of rivers and on brackish ground of the drier districts.
1927E.E. Mossop inSmuts & AlbertsForgotten Highway through Ceres & Bokkeveld (1988) 65The parched and black-stemmed ‘vygie’ and the brakbos on a hill with weathered furrows like the kindly lines on an aged mother’s face.
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