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Bristly sourberry (English)
Description: Shrub or small tree. Bark greyish, branches with scattered pale lenticels, armed with slender, axillary spines, up to 4 cm, the stem often spiny near the base. Leaves obovate to broadly elliptic, small, usually c. 2 cm, dull green with bristly hairs on both surfaces and around the margin; translucent gland-dots visible when held against the light; margins entire or scalloped. Flowers small, greenish, stamens numerous. Fruit subspherical, fleshy, 1-2 cm in diameter, bristly, cupped by the small calyx lobes; bright red when ripe, edible.
Derivation of specific name:
hispidula: minutely hispid, with rough, bristly hairs
Habitat: In open hot and dry mixed woodland.
Altitude range: (metres)
Up to 500 m
Flowering time: Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, Mozambique
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Monday 12 March 2007
A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Drummond, R.B. (1975). Kirkia 10(1) Page 261.
Flacourtiaceae Wild, H. (1960). Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 284 - 285. Comments
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Other sources of information about Dovyalis hispidula: Our websites: Flora of Mozambique
Dovyalis hispidula External websites: African Plants: A Photo Guide
Dovyalis hispidula African Plant Database
Dovyalis hispidula Biodiversity Explorer
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Dovyalis hispidula Flora Zambesiaca
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Dovyalis hispidula Ispot Southern Africa
Dovyalis hispidula JSTOR Plant Science
Dovyalis hispidula Kew Herbarium catalogue
Dovyalis hispidula Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
Dovyalis hispidula The Plant List (version 1.1)
Dovyalis hispidula Tropicos
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Dovyalis hispidula.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=140810, retrieved 18 January 2017
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