1905GreenRichard Hartley, Prospector 229 (Pettman)‘Have you seen any Elandsboontje?’ Hartley went on, well knowing that the plant was very rare in that region.
1906B. StonemanPlants & their Ways 225Elephantorhiza (Eland’s bontjes) is a small glabrous shrub with very large roots.
1916Farmer’s Weekly 20 Dec. 1504Would any reader kindly let me know...How to prepare the ‘Elandsboontjie’ for tanning purposes?
1917R. MarlothDict. of Common Names of Plants 25Elands boontje, Elephantorrhiza Burchellii. The popular name refers to the large size of the pods. A small deciduous perennial, the annual shoots a foot or two high, but the stout rootstock very big, weighing up to 10 pounds. This contains much tannin, hence its other name Looier’s bossie.
1966C.A. SmithCommon Names 209Elandsboontjie, The plants have a thick, underground, rootlike stem...Burchell reported that the underground stems were a favourite food of elephants. The pods are eaten by the eland antelope.
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