Persea americana Mill.

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Persea americana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Persea americana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Persea americana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Persea americana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Persea americana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms:
Common names: Avocado pear (English) Mukotapeya (Shona)
Frequency: Local
Status: Introduced
Description:
Tree to 15 m. Branchlets finely grey-pubescent, glabrescent. Leaves: petiole to 2 cm; lamina 11-25 × 5-10 cm, elliptic; upper surface shiny, green, lower more glaucous; apex acuminate. Panicles up to 15 cm, grey-tomentose when young, appearing with the young leaves. Perianth segments 5 mm, narrowly ovate, equal. Fruit up to 20 cm, green to purple-black when ripe.
Notes: It has been widely introduced for its edible fruit and both monkeys and man spread the seeds.
Derivation of specific name: americana: American
Habitat: Forest margins in high rainfall areas
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Aug - Sep
Worldwide distribution: South America
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 24 September 2006
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Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Persea americana
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Persea americana

External websites:

African Plant Database: Persea americana
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Persea americana
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Persea americana
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Persea americana
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Persea americana
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Persea americana
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Persea americana
Ispot Southern Africa : Persea americana
JSTOR Plant Science: Persea americana
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Persea americana
Tropicos: Persea americana
West African Plants database: Persea americana


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: Persea americana.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123970, retrieved 26 August 2016

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