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.
1913C. PettmanAfricanderisms 102Bush willow, Both Combretum erythrophyllum and C. Salicifolium are known by this name.
1961Palmer & PitmanTrees 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.
1970B. De Winter inStd 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.
1988A. Hall-Martin et al.Kaokoveld 12The baobab (Adansonia digitata), red bushwillow (Combretum apiculatum), tamboti.
1992T. Van Rensburg inS. 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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