1731G. Medleytr. ofP. Kolben’s Present State of Cape of G.H.II. 248Sideroxilum Africanum, Cerasi folio. i.e. African Iron-wood, with a Cherry Leaf. This Wood is so call’d because, when dry, ’tis as hard as Iron, and not to be clove by the most furious Strokes with the Hatchet.
1804R. PercivalAcct of Cape of G.H. 148The iron wood, or yezer hout, is very common, and grows very high. The wood is hard, heavy, and of a dark brown colour.
1988Conserva Oct. 28The bark of the bastard ironwood is dark grey with white and black patches, longitudinally striated, and becomes corky and rough with age. The wood is dull grey-brown, close-grained and very hard and heavy.
1796C.R. Hopsontr. ofC.P. Thunberg’s Trav.II. 109Black iron wood (Zwarte Ysterhout, Gardenia Rothmannia) is hard and strong; it is used for axle-trees and the poles of waggons.
1955A. DeliusYoung Trav. in S. Afr. 114The most abundant is the black ironwood. They call it that on account of the toughness of its timber.
1988H. Goosen inS. Afr. Panorama Aug. 49The black ironwood, O. capensis subsp. macrocarpa, reaches a height of 40 m and grows in indigenous forests from the Transvaal to the Cape Province. The false ironwood, O. capensis subsp. capensis, and the bushveld ironwood, O. capensis subsp. enervis, also prefer wooded areas.
1989ConservaVol.4No.4, 22Olea capensis subsp. enervis. Bushveld ironwood. It has not been possible to germinate this seed.
1891R. SmithGreat Gold Lands 179Perhaps it may be useful to say what the timber-yielding plants of Natal are. The best known are..black iron-wood, an olive (Olea latifolia); white iron-wood, allied to the rues.
1902G.S. BoulgerWood 335Umzimbit..Known also as ‘White Ironwood’.
1951N.L. KingTree-Planting 71Vepris (Toddalia) lanceolata (White ironwood), A medium- to large-sized, evergreen tree with pretty foliage.
1961Palmer & PitmanTrees of S. Afr. 274The white ironwood is found in most of the forests of the Union as a tall evergreen tree; or in open forest or scrub as a spreading tree or bush.
1989E. Prov. Herald 25 Feb. 5The ‘Cape chestnut’ is..one of the several South African members of the citrus family. Others are the knobwoods, the white ironwood and the buchu bushes.
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