Dovyalis caffra (Hook.f. & Harv.) Warb.

First published in H.G.A.Engler & K.A.E.Prantl, Nat. Pflanzenfam. 3(6a): 44 (1893)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is S. Tropical & S. Africa. It is a shrub or tree and grows primarily in the subtropical biome.

Descriptions

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/146410559/146449785

Conservation
LC - least concern
[IUCN]

Extinction risk predictions for the world's flowering plants to support their conservation (2024). Bachman, S.P., Brown, M.J.M., Leão, T.C.C., Lughadha, E.N., Walker, B.E. https://nph.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/nph.19592

Conservation
Predicted extinction risk: not threatened. Confidence: confident
[AERP]

Flacourtiaceae, H. Wild. Flora Zambesiaca 1:1. 1960

Morphology General Habit
Shrub up to about 3.5 m. tall, glabrous in all its vegetative parts; branches smooth, grey and armed with stout spines up to about 6 cm. long.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves often fasciculate on short side-branches; lamina 2–5.5 x 0.5–2.7 cm., narrowly obovate, obovate or obovate-elliptic, apex rounded or retuse, cuneate or narrowly rounded and 3-nerved at the base, margins entire, slightly revolute, venation slightly raised on both sides and very laxly reticulate; petiole up to 5 mm. long.
sex Male
Male flowers densely fascicled in the axils or commonly on abbreviated side-shoots; pedicels 1–3 mm. long, puberulous; calyx with 5 lobes divided almost to the base, lobes c. 2.5 x 1.5 mm., narrowly ovate, apex acute, shortly pubescent on both sides; stamens c. 15; filaments c.5 mm. long; inter-staminal glands very minutely pubescent, at least at their apices.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flowers solitary on pedicels up to 8 mm. long; calyx lobes 5–8, slightly larger and wider than the males; annular disk undulately lobed, rather thick, minutely and sparsely puberulous or glabrous; ovary globose-ovoid, glabrous, with 5–8 divergent, puberulous styles c. 2.5 mm. long; stigmas somewhat spreading. Male flowers densely fascicled in the axils or commonly on abbreviated side-shoots; pedicels 1–3 mm. long, puberulous; calyx with 5 lobes divided almost to the base, lobes c. 2.5 x 1.5 mm., narrowly ovate, apex acute, shortly pubescent on both sides; stamens c. 15; filaments c.5 mm. long; inter-staminal glands very minutely pubescent, at least at their apices.
sex Female
Female flowers solitary on pedicels up to 8 mm. long; calyx lobes 5–8, slightly larger and wider than the males; annular disk undulately lobed, rather thick, minutely and sparsely puberulous or glabrous; ovary globose-ovoid, glabrous, with 5–8 divergent, puberulous styles c. 2.5 mm. long; stigmas somewhat spreading.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit fleshy, apricot-coloured, up to 4 cm. in diam., globose, glabrous, crowned with the persistent styles.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds c. 12, woolly.
[FZ]

Common Names

English
Kei Apple

Sources

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    • Angiosperm Threat Predictions
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    • IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
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    • © Copyright 2023 World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
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    • Common Names from Plants and People Africa http://www.plantsandpeopleafrica.com/
  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
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