Kamassi boxwood

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A dense yellow wood from the tree Gonioma kamassi, that grows in South Africa. Though not a true boxwood, it is often used as a substitute due to its similar characteristics. The hard, fine-grain wood is primarily used for loom shuttles because it is very wear-resistant. It is also found in small decorative items, games and engravings.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Gonioma kamassi; false cape boxwood, Knysna boxwood; also called African boxwood

Hazards and Safety

Dust from this wood can cause nose, throat and skin irritation and asthma. Ingestion may cause nervous system effects.

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 113
  • Website address 1 Comment: www.si.edu/cal/boxwoods.html