Buxus macowanii, the Cape box, small-leaved box or in Afrikaans buig-my-nie (bend-me-not), is a small tree that grows near the sea in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal (SA Tree List No. 358). It also occurs inland in Limpopo and North-West provinces and may produce pure stands in its forest habitat.
The leaves are small, narrowly ovate or obovate and opposite. The flowers are small, green and unisexual, but growing on the same tree (monoecious). The male flowers grow in axillary clusters or cymes, the female ones are solitary or found among the male ones.
Flowering happens in winter and spring. The fruits that follow are hard, brown capsules with three horny protuberances, the remains of the styles.
The hard wood is used for carving. The tree resembles the European box tree, Buxus sempervirens (Coates Palgrave, 2002).
This picture was taken in the Botanical Garden of the North-West University at Potchefstroom.