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  1. Family: Sapotaceae Juss.
    1. Sideroxylon L.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & Subtropical Africa to S. China, Central Pacific, Central & S. U.S.A. to S. America.


    Sapotaceae, F. K. Kupicha. Flora Zambesiaca 7:1. 1983

    Shrubs and small trees.
    Leaves exstipulate, coriaceous, with characteristic fine tertiary vein reticulation.
    Flowers subsessile to petiolate, fascicled in axils of current and/or recently fallen leaves, usually pentamerous.
    Calyx lobes almost free.
    Petals united at base into a short to long tube.
    Stamens inserted at level of base of lobes; anthers extrorse, included to somewhat exserted.
    Staminodes large, petaloid, entire to lacerate.
    Gynoecium with subglobose, densely pilose ovary tapering at apex into the cylindrical style.
    Fruit a 1–seeded subglobose berry with very sticky mesocarp; style persistent.
    Seed subglobose to ovoid, often faintly pentangular; testa shiny, pale to dark brown; scar small, basal, subcircular; endosperm copious; embryo horizontal, with thin leafy cotyledons.

    Sapotaceae, J. H. Hemsley. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1968

    Trees or shrubs, sometimes spiny
    Stipules generally absent
    Leaves distinctly petiolate; lamina usually thick and leathery; lateral nerves inconspicuous (at least in Africa), nervation reticulate
    Flowers congested in axils of current or fallen leaves, sometimes cauliflorous, pedicellate
    Sepals 5 (abnormally 4 or 6), ± free or very shortly connate at the base; lobes ± ovate or rounded
    Corolla-lobes 5 (but see above), connate at base; tube well developed, frequently subequal to lobes in length
    Stamens 5, as long as or a little longer than corolla
    Staminodes present, petaloid or narrower and ligulate, with serrulate or irregularly laciniate margins
    Ovary subglobose to conical, pilose, 5-locular; style robust, tapering to simple or ± capitate stigma
    Fruit a single-seeded subglobose berry, with persistent style; skin thin with fleshy mesocarp
    Seed subglobose or ± ovoid, with thickened stony wall; testa shiny brown; scar suborbicular or elliptic, basal; endosperm present; cotyledons flattened and foliaceous; radicle basal or lateral.



    Native to:

    Afghanistan, Alabama, Aldabra, Algeria, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Arizona, Arkansas, Aruba, Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, Cape Verde, Cayman Is., China South-Central, China Southeast, Colombia, Cook Is., Costa Rica, Cuba, Delaware, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Florida, Georgia, Guatemala, Haiti, Hawaii, Honduras, Illinois, Indiana, Jamaica, Kansas, Kentucky, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Leeward Is., Louisiana, Madagascar, Madeira, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexican Pacific Is., Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Mississippi, Missouri, Morocco, Mozambique, Mozambique Channel I, Myanmar, Netherlands Antilles, New Mexico, Nicaragua, North Carolina, Northern Provinces, Oklahoma, Oman, Pakistan, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Pitcairn Is., Puerto Rico, Rodrigues, Réunion, Saudi Arabia, Society Is., Socotra, Somalia, South Carolina, Southwest Caribbean, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tennessee, Texas, Trinidad-Tobago, Tubuai Is., Turks-Caicos Is., Venezuela, Venezuelan Antilles, Vietnam, Virginia, Western Sahara, Windward Is., Yemen, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Introduced into:


    Accepted Species


    Other Data

    Sideroxylon L. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    May 4, 2005 Alexander Prior, R.C. [s.n.], USA K000777895
    May 4, 2005 Rugel, F.I.X. [87], Florida K000777896
    Pennington, T.D. [11430], Costa Rica 54205.000
    Pennington, T.D. [13582], Costa Rica 57658.000
    Rugel, F.I.X. [86], Florida K000777894


    First published in Sp. Pl.: 193 (1753)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R., Frodin, D.G. & Pennington, D. (2001 publ. 2002). World Checklist and Bibliography of Sapotaceae: 1-364. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


    Flora Zambesiaca

    • Sp. Pl. 1: 192 (1753).

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Engl., E.M. 8: 25 (1904)
    • L., Gen. Pl., ed. 5: 89 (1754)
    • Sp. Pl.: 192 (1753)


    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa

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