2.In full klapperbos/-bɔs/ [Afrikaans, bos bush; see quotation 1971]:the tree Nymania capensis of the Meliaceae, with papery, lantern-like seed-capsules; Chinese lantern sense 2 a i; Christmas Tree sense (a), see Christmas.
1951N.L. KingTree-Planting 69Nymania capensis (Klapperbos), An attractive shrub the seed vessels of which become inflated. They turn red as they ripen and hang like Chinese lanterns. Occurs in scrub in the karroid belt known as the Little Karoo.
1955L.G. GreenKaroo 14I could walk away among the driedoring bushes, the brosdoring and klapperbos.
1961Palmer & PitmanTrees of S. Afr. 279Passing through the Karroo in spring, travellers often pause in astonishment at splashes of pure and vivid colour...This is the famous klapper or Chinese lanterns, Nymania Capensis...The flowers..develop into inflated fruits with a papery covering like that of a large gooseberry...These fruits give the tree its common names of klapper and Chinese lanterns.
1966E. PalmerPlains of Camdeboo 177The spekboom, the wild plum and the klapper, now bright with colour.
1971Baraitser & ObholzerCape Country Furn. 75This small tree is found in the Karroo. In spring it produces pods which, when compressed, make a bang; hence the name Klapperbos.
1979Daily Dispatch 25 Oct. 19The wild flowers everywhere are too beautiful. Bright red klapperbos, Nymania capensis, is the most striking.
1989F.G. ButlerTales from Old Karoo 81The dry sand bank, half in shade, half sun, had a klapperbos with its red pods transparent as jelly jube-jubes on it.
1992H. Hutchings inWeekend Post 22 Aug. (Leisure) 7Nymania capensis, the Chinese lantern bush or klapperbos,..bears pink blooms which are followed by inflated membraneous seed pods. These are green, fading to pale cream and are tinged with pink.
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