[1799Lady A. BarnardS. Afr. Century Ago (1925) 83Her Ladyship..is soon to present the Regiment with their colours, in which the Whitletomb [sic] (native of this country) is happily blended and united with the Royal Oak.]
1801J. BarrowTrav.I. 18The Protea argentea, the witteboom, or silver tree of the Dutch.
[1806Gleanings in Afr. (anon.) 32The silver-tree, which, I believe, is peculiar to the Cape, is so named from its beautiful white foliage; it is generally known by the name of the Whittle Boom.]
1818C.I. LatrobeJrnl of Visit 35The foot..of..Table-mountain is well clothed with witteboom (protea argentea).
1822W.J. BurchellTrav.I. 61Numerous plantations of large Witteboom, or Silver trees.
1857‘Hortulanus’ inCape Monthly Mag.II. Sept. 175Observe the silver-tree, or witte-boom of Table Mountain.
1910R. JutaCape Peninsula 62The firs, or pines, who came here last, are creeping,..higher and higher...Year by year the brave little witteboom (white trees) are driven before this strong green army of invaders.
1927C.G. BothaSocial Life in Cape Col. 85Witteboomen..is the name of the well known silver trees found in the Cape Peninsula.
1972Palmer & PitmanTrees of Sn Afr.I. 493Witteboom..is believed to grow naturally only in the Cape Peninsula.
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