AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, Piet Pete + snot nasal mucus; see first quotation.
The creeping plant Grielum humifusum of the Rosaceae, bearing yellow flowers and having an edible root covered by a slimy film when peeled. Also pietsnotjie/-snɔɪki/ [see -ie].
1975W. SteenkampLand of Thirst King 130Other table-roots, as it were, that are available are the rather bitter kanna, which is boiled in goat’s milk, and the tgoubee, otherwise known by the rather unpleasant nicknames of ‘snotwortel’ (snot root) or ‘Piet Snot’, the root of which has a slimy film on it when it has been peeled.
1975Argus 17 Sept. 28Pietsnot has a creeping habit and flowers of different shades of yellow, from very soft and creamy to a bright near-orange.
1987S. Afr. Panorama Mar. 43Stretches of sunny yellow pietsnotjies (Grielum humifusum).
1990F. Le Roux inS. Afr. Panorama Jan.–Feb. 88The course at Springbok..is a picture when the wild flowers bloom...Pietsnot (Grielum humifusum)..and gooses’ eyes..proliferate from tee to tee, and sporadically a quiver-tree (Aloe dichotoma) reigns imperiously over the carpet of flowers.
1991J. Cooper inWeekend Post 5 Oct. 7A bouquet of terracotta gazania, satiny flowers of grielum humifusum (pietsnot) and daisies abound in the Kamieskroom district.
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