Description of the genus
Dioecious trees or shrubs, unarmed or spiny. Stipules 0. Flowers unisexual. Male flowers fasciculate or in short racemes; calyx (3-)4-7-lobed almost to base, pubescent to tomentose; petals 0; stamens numerous,
alternating with minute disk glands. Female flowers solitary or
in fascicles of 2-4; calyx 4-8-lobed almost to base, sometimes
accrescent in fruit; petals 0; styles 2-8, divergent. Fruit
a fleshy berry. Seeds few or up to 12, glabrous or hairy.
Worldwide: 15 species in warm regions of Africa and Sri Lanka
Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.
|No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species
|caffra (Hook. f. & Harv.) Hook. f.||Description, Image|
Other sources of information about Dovyalis:
Our websites:Flora of Botswana
: DovyalisFlora of Malawi
: DovyalisFlora of Mozambique
: DovyalisFlora of Zambia
: DovyalisFlora of Zimbabwe
(electronic Plant Information Center): DovyalisFlora Zambesiaca
web site: DovyalisGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for DovyalisIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): DovyalisKew Herbarium catalogue
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Dovyalis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=982, retrieved 1 October 2016