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This species is accepted, and its native range is Congo to NW. Tanzania.


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

Morphology General Habit
Small to medium-sized tree, height up to 25 m.; branchlets glabrous; terminal bud and very young shoots with resinous exudate.
Morphology Leaves Petiole
Petioles robust, 1.5–4 cm. long, glabrous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-lamina elliptic or elliptic-oblong to obovate-oblong, 10–29 cm. long, 3.5–9.5 cm. wide, coriaceous, apex rounded to emarginate, sometimes shortly acuminate, cuneate; upper surface dark green and glabrous with raised lateral nerves and vein reticulum, lower surface silvery-grey or whitish with indumentum of very small closely appressed regularly arranged hairs, with (16-) 18–22 raised and very prominent primary lateral nerves on each side.
Morphology General Indumentum
Young flower-buds with resinous exudate. Young fruits with short thick pedicels, subglobose, with very short pale mealy indumentum rubbing off with age; style persistent, conspicuous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers fascicled in axils of current or recently fallen leaves, usually 6–8 per axil.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels 2–6 mm. long, stout, with dense pale brown indumentum.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx-lobes fused for ± 2 mm. at base; outer lobes elliptic-oblong, up to 8 mm. long, 4 mm. wide, with dense pale silvery-green indumentum externally; inner lobes smaller and less hairy.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla white or greenish-white; tube cylindrical, up to 6 mm. long; lobes trifid; outer segments linear-oblong, up to 5 mm. long; median segment spathulate, 6 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Filaments up to 5 mm. long; anthers up to 2.5 mm. long; staminodes narrowly ligulate, up to 4 mm. long, apex laciniate with 2 (or sometimes more) long delicate processes.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary subglobose; style long and tapering, up to 1.4 cm. long, glabrescent; stigma simple.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Mature fruits not seen.
Lowland rain-forest and riverine forest; 1100–1600 m.
T1 U1 U2 U3 U4

Native to:

Central African Repu, Congo, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre

Manilkara dawei (Stapf) Chiov. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
May 1, 1956 Dawe, M.T. [353], Uganda K000883668 holotype
May 1, 1956 Dawe, M.T. [353], Uganda K000883669 holotype

First published in Atti Reale Accad. Italia, Mem. Cl. Sci. Fis. 11: 46 (1940)

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.


Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Verdcourt in Kew Bulletin 11: 453 (1957).
  • W.J. Eggeling, Indigenous Trees of the Uganda Protectorate, ed. 2: 399, fig. 81/a (1952).
  • Chiov. in Atti R. Accad. Ital. 11: 46 (1940), in obs.

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa

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