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This species is accepted, and its native range is Somalia to S. Africa, Comoros, Madagascar.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Shrub or much-branched tree up to 20 m tall, sometimes with thick but short trunk; milky latex scarce; bark dark brown, fissured
Morphology General Indumentum
Young branches and petioles with brownish puberulence, becoming glabrous
Morphology Leaves
Petiole 0.5–l.5(–2.5) cm long; blade leathery, elliptic-obovate to obovate, 3.5–5.5(–8) x 1.5–2.5(–3.5) cm, broadly to narrowly cuneate at the base, rounded to occasionally emarginate or rarely subacuminate at the apex, upper surface dark glossy green, lower surface dull green, subglabrous or minutely puberulous, with finely raised reticulate venation; lateral nerves numerous, ascending; stipules not observed
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Flowers usually several in each leaf axil; flower buds elongated to semiglobular, c. 4 mm in diam.; pedicels straight, later often curved, 1–2.5 cm long, only moderately elongating in fruit, with brownish pubescence
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Outer sepals densely brownish pubescent, lanceolate, 5–7(–9) mm long, inner sepals shorter, with membranous margin
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Tube up to 2.5 mm long; corolla-lobes cream, 3-lobed, linear-lanceolate, up to 8 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Filaments up to 2 mm long; anthers c. 2 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Staminodes
Staminodes up to 5 mm long, densely pubescent externally
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary c. 2 mm long, densely pilose; style glabrescent, slender and tapering, c. 0.8(–1) cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Mature fruit an orange or yellowish-orange to reddish globose to subglobose berry, 1–2.5 cm in diam.; skin firm and tough
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 1–5, rarely 6, obliquely elliptic to oblong, up to 2 x 5 mm; testa glossy, deep brown, hard and horny; scar almost basal.
Distribution
C2; S2, 3; Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Comoro Is., Madagascar
Ecology
Altitude range 10–120 m.
Vernacular
Deegaan, degan, deghen (Somali).

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Many–stemmed shrub, or tree, 1·5–20 m. tall; bark rough; crown (in large specimens) hemispherical.
Morphology Stem
Young stems appressed brownish pubescent, soon glabrescent.
Morphology General Bark
Bark of older twigs grey, finely longitudinally fissured and wrinkled.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 3·5–9·5 x 2·2–7 cm., elliptic, broadly elliptic, obovate or suborbicular; apex rounded, often slightly emarginate or apiculate, base acute; petiole 1·3–4 cm. long. Upper leaf surface glossy, usually with prominent midrib and vein reticulation but sometimes the latter obscured by the thick leathery cuticle, glabrous.,Lower surface mat, with prominent midrib and level or raised reticulation, glabrous or sparsely greyish appressed–pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers sweetly scented, in axillary fascicles of 1–3; pedicels 8–20 mm. long, lengthening considerably from bud to fruit.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx up to 9 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla up to 8·5 mm. long, white, cream–coloured or pale pink; lateral segments narrowly triangular or lanceolate, median segment elliptic with narrow attachment, longer or shorter than laterals; tube c. 1 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anthers 2·5–3 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Staminodes
Staminodes longer or shorter than stamens.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium
Gynoecium c. 10 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit up to 2·5 cm. long, edible, plum–shaped, 1–5(6)–seeded, with brittle orange or red epicarp; fruiting calyx spreading to reflexed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed up to 2 cm. long.

Native to:

Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Somalia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe

Mimusops obtusifolia Lam. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Telfair, C. [Cat. no. 4473], Mauritius K001039071

First published in Encycl. 4: 186 (1797)

Accepted by

  • 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.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (2006). Flora of Somalia 3: 1-626. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (2006). Flora of Somalia 3: 1-626. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 3, (2006) Author: by I. Friis [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

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