Description of the genus
Spiny shrubs or trees, Leaves 3-veined from the base. Flowers usually unisexual, in short axillary racemes or solitary. Sepals 4-7. Petals 0. Stamens not in bundles, surrounded by a ring of disk glands. Styles 2-8.
Fruit a fleshy berry, with seeds in pairs, one above the other.
Derivation of name: Named after Etienne de Flacourt, 1607-1660, director-general of the French East India Company and a former Governor of Madagascar
Worldwide: c. 15 species in tropical and S Africa, extending to Fiji
Other sources of information about Flacourtia:Flora of Zimbabwe
: cultivated Flacourtia pageFlora of Mozambique
(electronic Plant Information Center): FlacourtiaFlora Zambesiaca
web site: FlacourtiaGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for FlacourtiaIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): FlacourtiaKew Herbarium catalogue
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Flacourtia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=981, retrieved 19 May 2013