What’s In a Name
Once again I will reference two small pen blank sized pieces of wood purchased some time ago from Woodcraft that were part of a set of 32 pieces, comprising 16 different types, of African woods. Included in the set were two pieces of a wood I had certainly never heard of, Weeping Boer Bean. Turns out that Weeping Boer Bean is one of the common names for the tree botanically known as Schotia brachypetala. Two other common names are Tree fuchsia and African walnut. And it is with that second common name that the potential for confusion and mis-identification creeps in. Wood workers are more likely to use the common term African Walnut to refer to the tree and wood botanically known as Lovoa trichilioides which is native to western Africa whereas the Weeping Boer Bean, as the name implies, is a native of southern Africa. Neither tree, by the way, is in any way related to the true walnut trees of the various species within the Juglans genus.