bush-willow, noun

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EnglishShow more bush noun1 + English willow.
Any of several species of tree of the genus Combretum (family Combretaceae), with catkin-like flowers and drooping foliage. Occasionally with distinguishing epithet, as red bush-willow (Combretum apiculatum). See also rooibos sense 2.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 102Bush willow, Both Combretum erythrophyllum and C. Salicifolium are known by this name.
1917 R. Marloth Dict. of Common Names of Plants 89The so-called ‘Bushveld [Willow]’ or Bush [Willow] is Combretum salicifolium.
1961 Palmer & Pitman Trees of S. Afr. 244Closely resembling the common vaderlandswilg is the bush-willow, Combretum caffrum, of the Eastern Province and the Transkei. It is never found far from water, and..is a common sight overhanging streams...One of the most beautiful of the Combretums is Combretum erythrophyllum, the bush-willow.
1970 B. De Winter in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. II. 626The bush-willows are generally characterised by small flowers borne in cylindrical spikes or spherical heads...There are about 20 species of bush-willow in South Africa, found in the more-or-less frost-free, subtropical areas.
1988 A. Hall-Martin et al. Kaokoveld 12The baobab (Adansonia digitata), red bushwillow (Combretum apiculatum), tamboti.
1992 T. Van Rensburg in S. Afr. Panorama Mar.Apr. 8The Transvaal Bushveld is home to species such as the bush-willows (Combretum spp.), mopani,..and wild fig.
Any of several species of tree of the genus Combretum (family Combretaceae), with catkin-like flowers and drooping foliage. Occasionally with distinguishing epithet, as red bush-willow (Combretum apiculatum).
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