rooikrans, noun

Forms:
Also rooikrants, rooikrantz.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, rooi red + krans wreath, garland; named for its red seedstalk.
The invasive yellow-flowered tree Acacia cyclops of the Fabaceae. Also attributive.
1917 R. Marloth Dict. of Common Names of Plants 71Rooikrans,..From Australia...One of the Golden willows.
1920 S. Afr. Smallholders’ & Fruit Growers’ Yr Bk 175Rooikrantz — A shrubby wattle useful for firewood.
1951 L.G. Green Grow Lovely 19The great Melkbosch dune was halted as recently as 1936, after it had been zigzagged with marram grass and vygies and the rooikrantz seeds had germinated.
1963 A.M. Louw 20 Days 221Silver trees supposed to be dying out. Too many cluster pines, rooikrans and wattle on the mountain these days.
1973 J. Rabie in S. Gray Writers’ Territory 169You take your saw and you go to cut down that dead rooikrants-tree you so often passed before.
1979 E. Prov. Herald 31 Oct. 13One restaurant in Cape Town..where meat will be grilled over open fires, bringing rooi kranz wood from his own farm.
1987 T.F.J. Van Rensburg Intro. to Fynbos 44The following are the more important invader species in fynbos:..Rooikrans Acacia cyclops. Imported from Australia in 1835 as an ornamental tree and later used for driftsand reclamation.
1992 S. Afr. Panorama Nov.Dec. 8Today two-thirds of the island are covered in exotic tree species such as rooikrans.
The invasive yellow-flowered tree Acacia cyclops of the Fabaceae. Also attributive.
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