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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.
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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 Plant Database
Dovyalis hispidula Biodiversity Explorer
(Biodiversity of southern Africa):
Dovyalis hispidula EOL
(Encyclopedia of Life):
Dovyalis hispidula ePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center):
Dovyalis hispidula Flora Zambesiaca
Dovyalis hispidula Google
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for
Dovyalis hispidula IPNI
(International Plant Names Index):
Dovyalis hispidula Ispot Southern Africa
Dovyalis hispidula JSTOR Plant Science
Dovyalis hispidula Kew Herbarium catalogue
Dovyalis hispidula Tropicos
Dovyalis hispidula West African Plants database
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: Species information: Dovyalis hispidula.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=140810, retrieved 29 September 2016
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