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Elizabeth Kendall

Bronkhorstspruit, South Africa

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GEELHOUT, Common names : real yellowwood ( Eng. ); opregte geelhout (Afr.); Umkhomba (Xhosa); Mogobagoba (Northern Sotho); Muhovho-hovho
( Venda ); Umsonti (Zulu)

waarvan sulke voortreflike meubels gemaak word, was die feitlik vanselfsprekende keuse toe daar tot ’n nasionale boom vir Suid-Afrika besluit moes word. Dit word immers reeds eeue lank plaaslik benut. Dit was byvoorbeeld die belangrikste timmerhout van die eerste Europese pioniers aan die Kaap en is onder meer vir die bou van huise en waens gebruik.

Een van die TOP TIEN in Afrikaans is my moedertaal se TOENTERTYD-uitdaging
Maart 2011.


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THANKS to Marie Theron who bought a card today: 18 May 2011.

Geelhoutbome groei oor ’n breë gebied—van die Soutpansberge en Blouberge van Limpompo suidwaarts deur die klowe van die Drakensberge en teen die Suid-Afrikaanse suidkus langs tot op Tafelberg in die Kaap. Dit kom ook in die tropiese Oos- en Wes-Afrika voor tot by Tanzanië en die Kameroen.

Die geelhout, ’n stadige groeier, is ’n manjifieke boom met ’n massiewe stam en wyduitgestrekte kroon. Die waardevolle hout is liggeel met ’n gladde grein.
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The real yellowwood grows naturally in mountainous areas and forests in the southern, eastern and northern parts of South Africa, extending into Zimbabwe and further north. It is also found on rocky hillsides and mountain slopes but does not get as tall where it is exposed as it does in the forests.
Uses and cultural aspects:
The real yellowwood has apparently been used more than any other South African timber. Floors in the old Cape homesteads were made of this wood. The soft yellow colour of the wood contrasts beautifully with the dark-coloured stinkwood ( Ocotea bullata ) and these two timbers were often used together to make furniture. The real yellowwood was used a lot for tables and cupboards, as it polishes up very well. The South African Railways used to use the timber to make railway sleepers. In the old days it was used to make wagon boxes. Coffins were often made of it too. An unusual use was that of a butcher’s block because the wood is hard and did not chip easily. It also has no scent, so it did not taint the meat.

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