This elegant and stately desk consists of two large matumi ring slabs joined together. The tree used to shape this desk is estimated to be between 800 to 1 000 years old and the growth rings are clearly evident on the top surface. The base creates a soft edge to this large piece and the legs are connected with a modesty panel to ensure privacy.
Family: Rubiaceae | Synonym: Breonadia salicina
The matumi is a majestic evergreen tree and a protected species in South Africa. It can grow up to 40m in height and carries pale yellow flowers and fruit.
WHERE ARE THEY FOUND?
The matumi is associated with water and is most often found near permanent rivers and in riverine forests. In South Africa it is found in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Northern Province.
Matumi wood is very heavy and hard, is used for furniture, boats, floors and construction work. It was used for railway sleepers up to 1960.
The bark of the matumi tree is used in traditional African medicine, mainly for diarrhoea, arthritis and other digestive problems.