stamvrug, noun

Forms:
stamfrucht, stam-vruchteShow more Also stamfrucht, stam-vruchte, stamvrugte.
Origin:
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans, from Dutch stam stem + vrucht fruit (plural vruchte); see quotation 1913.
The wild plum tree Bequaertiodendron magalismontanum of the Sapotaceae, which bears its fruit on its stem; the fruit of this tree; also called wild plum (sense (c) see wild sense a). Also attributive.
1887 S.W. Silver & Co.’s Handbk to S. Afr. 140The Wild Kastanie, or Wild Chestnut, is the fruit of the Calodendron Capense; the Wild Medlar is that of Vangueria infausta; the Stamfrucht appears to be the same.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 473Stam-vruchte,..The fruit of Chrysophyllum magalis-montanum, Sond.; an edible berry common on the kopjes around Johannesburg, Pretoria, Barberton, etc. so called because its flowers and fruits are borne on very short stalks on the thick stem of the shrub, and not at the ends of the twigs. It has a pleasantly acid flavour.
1929 J. Stevenson-Hamilton Low-Veld 47Umnumbela (Chrysophyllum megalismontanum), the stamvrugte of the Boers, sometimes grows into a large tree with predicellate flowers: large berries, which make excellent vinegar, grow on the stem.
a1936 E.N. Marais Rd to Waterberg (1972) 89There is the wild fig, the wild grape, the stamvrug (wild plum), [etc.].
1958 R.E. Lighton Out of Strong 239Glossy green and more golden beneath than the calendula, the stamvrugte leaves were shrivelled and dead.
1961 Palmer & Pitman Trees of S. Afr. 140The stamvrug, which bears one of the best of our native fruits, is widely distributed from tropical Africa to Natal.
1977 S. Afr. Panorama Apr. 48The gnarled old silver-green and copper leafed stamvrug trees — Beqaertiodendron magalismontanum — which twisted up out of cracks in nature’s much-sculpted rocks had cherry-red fruit on the stems.
1987 F. Van Breitenback in Conserva June 11Some of the most common and decorative bushveld trees are stubbornly refusing artificial propagation — such as..Transvaal milkplum or ‘stamvrug’ (Bequaertiodendron magalismontanum).
1991 Ornamental Trees & Shrubs of Afr. (calendar)Bequaertiodendron magalismontanum or ‘Stamvrug’ needs no introduction to hikers in the Magaliesberg who probably relish the fruit — but have to compete with other primates for this delicacy.
The wild plum tree Bequaertiodendron magalismontanum of the Sapotaceae, which bears its fruit on its stem; the fruit of this tree; also called wild plum (sense (c) see wilda). Also attributive.

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