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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania to S. Africa.

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Evergreen shrub branching near the ground to tall tree with long clean trunk, 2–23 m. tall; slash white, pink or crimson; bark grey to black, smooth or shallowly grooved or roughly reticulately fissured; buttresses absent; crown (in larger specimens) wide–spreading, rounded.
Morphology General Indumentum
Young stems and leaves often densely ferrugineous appressed–pubescent, glabrescent, older twigs with longitudinally wrinkled grey bark.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf–lamina 3·5–11·5 x 1·4–5·5 cm., elliptic, oblong–elliptic, obovate–elliptic or lanceolate; apex tapering or acute or rounded and slightly emarginate, but most often bluntly apiculate; base acute to acuminate; petiole 0·6–3·5 cm. long. Upper leaf surface glossy, usually with prominent midrib and vein reticulation but sometimes the latter obscured beneath the thick leathery cuticle, initially or soon becoming completely glabrous. Lower surface mat, with prominent midrib and fairly conspicuous reticulation, more tardily glabrescent than above, indumentum sometimes becoming grey, sometimes persisting along midrib.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers sweetly scented, borne in axillary fascicles of 1–7; pedicels 10–17 mm., but elongating in fruit.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 6·5–9·5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla equalling or slightly longer or shorter than calyx, white to pale brownish–yellow; lateral segments narrowly triangular or lanceolate, median segment equalling, longer or shorter than laterals, elliptic with narrow basal attachment; tube 1–2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anthers 2·5–3·5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Staminodes
Staminodes half as long as to almost equalling corolla, shorter or longer than stamens.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium
Gynoecium 6·5–9 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit up to 4·5 cm. long, edible, plum–shaped, 1–seeded, with brittle yellow or orange epicarp and floury astringent orange pulp; fruiting calyx cupped round fruit or spreading.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed c. 1·8 mm. long.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Small to medium tree (rarely a shrub), height up to 20 m., with much branched dense evergreen crown; bark grey or blackish, rough.
Morphology General Indumentum
Young branches and petioles with ferrugineous pubescence, later wearing away.
Morphology Leaves Petiole
Petioles 1–3 cm. long.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-lamina thinly coriaceous to coriaceous, ± elliptic, obovate-elliptic to ± oblanceolate, (4-)5–9(–11) cm. long, (l.7-)2.3–4(–4.5) cm. wide, obtuse to ± broadly acute or rarely shortly acuminate, broadly cuneate; upper surface dark green and glossy, with slightly raised nervation, lower surface paler, practically glabrous except on and near midrib; lateral nerves ascending, finely raised.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers usually 2–3 per axil; pedicels l.5–2.5(–3.5) cm. long, curved, with dense ferrugineous or brownish pubescence.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Outer sepals ± lanceolate, up to 11 mm. long, 4 mm. wide, externally with dense ferrugineous or brownish pubescence.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla-lobes cream or whitish, trifid; segments linear-lanceolate, up to 9.5 mm. long; tube up to 2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments up to 3 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Staminodes
Staminodes narrowly lanceolate, up to 5 mm. long, narrowly acute, simple or sometimes minutely laciniate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary up to 2.5 mm. long, densely pilose; style tapering, up to 1 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Mature fruit an orange or yellowish ± ellipsoid or ovoid-subglobose berry, 1.5–3.5 cm. long and 1.5–2.5 cm. in diameter, with firm tough skin.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 1–2 (very rarely more), variable in shape, generally ± ellipsoid or sometimes ± oblong when more than one seed present, l–2(–2.5) cm. long, up to 1.2 cm. wide and 6 mm. thick; testa shiny pale brown, hard and horny; hilum ± basal in small circular depression.
Habitat
Riverine vegetation and thicketed ravines in Brachystegia -woodland country; 1150–2100 m.
Distribution
Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Rhodesia and Botswana to Natal T4 T5 T6 T7

Native to:

Angola, Botswana, Cape Provinces, Caprivi Strip, KwaZulu-Natal, Malawi, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Mimusops zeyheri Sond. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Brenan, J.P.M. [7739], Zambia 11784.000
Ash [806], Ethiopia 37084.000
Miller, O.B. [245], Botswana K000489154
Miller, O.B. [220], Botswana K000489155
Ash [904], Ethiopia 38817.000
Ash [893], Ethiopia 38825.000
Zeyher [1130], South Africa K000435317 isotype
Zeyher [1130], South Africa K000435318 holotype
Hansen, O.J. [3113], Botswana K000489157
Hansen, O.J. [3426], Botswana K000489158
Beer, J.S. de [687], Botswana K000489156
Beer, J.S. de [888], Botswana K000489159
Timberlake, J. [6004], Malawi K000614812

First published in Linnaea 23: 74 (1850)

Accepted by

  • Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Alves, T., Francisco, J., Harris, T., Nangoma, D. & de Sousa, C. (2009). Biodiversity and Conservation of Mchese Mountain, Malawi. Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036: 1-71. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mt. Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34: 1-199.
  • Curtis, B. & Mannheimer, C. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia: 1-688. The National Botanical Research Institute, Windhoek.
  • Calane da Silva, M., Izdine, S. & Amuse, A.B. (2004). A Preliminary Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Mozambique: 1-184. SABONET, Pretoria.
  • 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.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Curtis, B. & Mannheimer, C. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia: 1-688. The National Botanical Research Institute, Windhoek.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Meeuse in Flora of Southern Africa 26: 47 (1963), pro parte, excl. syn. M. kirkii.
  • F. White, Forest Flora of Northern Rhodesia p. 321 (1962).
  • Meeuse in Bothalia 7: 361 (1960), pro parte, excl. syn. M. kirkii.
  • Meeuse in Fl. Pl. Afr. 30, t. 1164 (1954)
  • Engl., Monographieen Afrikanischer Pflanzen-Familien und Gattungen 8: 73, t. 27/C (1904).
  • Sond. in Linnaea 23: 74 (1850).

Flora Zambesiaca
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