EnglishShow more Transferred use of English syringa a name used of trees of the genus Philadelphus (mock-orange).
a.In full syringa tree:the shade tree Melia azedarach of the Meliaceae, bearing small, sweetly-scented lilac blossoms in clusters, and ochre-coloured poisonous round berries; Cape lilac sense (a), see Cape sense 2 a.
Introduced from India, the syringa was first recorded at the Cape in 1800.
1852C. BarterDorp & Veld 103 (Pettman)The watercourses..along which we had sown the seeds of the seringa-boom.
white syringa, Kirkia acuminata of the Simaroubaceae;
wild syringa, see red syringa (see above).
These are deciduous trees of the hot, low-lying areas of the northern interior.
1961Palmer & PitmanTrees of S. Afr. 171The wild seringa is found from the Transvaal bushveld northwards to Abyssinia and Nigeria. It is a very common tree of the sandy areas of the dry open bushveld where it grows as a small tree of 8 to 20 feet high.
1988A. Hall-Martin et al.Kaokoveld 12The vegetation of the northeastern escarpment zone..contains many species of plants that are..representative of the eastern mesic flora. Among the latter categories are the baobab (Adansonia digitata)..white syringa, jakkalsbessie..and the marula (Sclerocarya birrea).
1990Clinning & Fourie inFauna & FloraNo.47, 9Here the dominant trees are the magnificent red syringa Burkea africana.
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