Ximenia caffra Sond.
var. natalensis Sond.

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Common names: Munhengeni (Shona) Mutengeni (Shona) Mutsvanzva (Shona) Sourplum (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
See var. caffra for general description. This variety is distinguished by the entirely hairless leaves and branchlets, even when young. It is largely restricted to South Africa but has been recorded from the extreme south of Zimbabwe.
Derivation of specific name: caffra: from Kaffraria, or South Africa; natalensis: of Natal
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Spindasis natalensis (Food plant)
Axiocerses amanga amanga (Food plant)
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Images last updated: Thursday 12 April 2007

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 235.

Garcia, J.G. (1963). Olacaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Page 331.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 90.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Pages 128 - 129.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ximenia caffra
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West African Plants database: Ximenia caffra

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Ximenia caffra var. natalensis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=121600, retrieved 3 December 2016

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