1827G. ThompsonTrav. 31The stakes of this fence, consisting chiefly of Caffer-boom (Erythrina Caffra)..had in numerous instances struck root, and thrown out flourishing branches, which gave the palisade an uncommon and agreeable effect.
1835Graham’s Town Jrnl 20 Aug.Thatch ought never to be used on the frontier, if tiles, or Kafirboom shingles, can be obtained.
1836A.F. GardinerJourney to Zoolu Country 158The Kafir Boom..throws out short bossy thorns on every part of the trunk and branches..the blossom..appearing at the ends of the twigs like a shuttle-cock with crimson feathers.
1851R.J. Garden Diary. I. (Killie Campbell Africana Library MS29081) 3 JulyWe passed trees of great height, amongst them Caffir Boomen.
1878T.J. LucasCamp Life & Sport 133The Kaffir ‘boem’, with which the streets are adorned, is a very beautiful tree. The flower, which is bright scarlet, almost dazzles one’s eyes to look at.
1972S. Afr. Garden & Home Oct. 145The Kaffirboom..so called because its bright red fowers..resemble the red blankets worn by the Xhosas in the area.
1980Daily Dispatch 20 Aug. 11The wood of the kafirboom is soft and fibrous...In the old days it was the standard timber for the huge brake blocks of the buck wagons.
1989E. Prov. Herald 11 Jan. 8The beans of the vivid orange-flowering Erythrina caffra..(formerly Kaffirboom) are needed in medical research...An enzyme extracted from them is used to isolate a remarkably quick anticlotting device.
1992Weekend Post 31 Oct. 9Kaffir beer had been largely replaced by sorghum beer, kafferboom by coral tree, [etc.].
The coral tree Erythrina caffra of the Fabaceae, a tall, spreading, deciduous tree with bright scarlet flowers and seeds; its soft wood; boer-bean1; corallodendron; also called lucky bean treelucky bean2 b. Also attributive.
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