The matumi is a protected tree species in South Africa, so to work with this wood fills one with joy and sadness. Most of all, the crafting is filled with motivation and determination to pay tribute to the fallen wooden slab and to honour the natural grain and properties of the wood. The natural imperfection of the slab has been preserved with intricate joins and makes this a perfect table for inspirational family coffee conversations.
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.