Dovyalis hispidula Wild

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Synonyms:
Common names: Bristly sourberry (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
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.
Notes:
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
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Monday 12 March 2007
Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 261.


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Ispot Southern Africa : Dovyalis hispidula
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Dovyalis hispidula
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West African Plants database: Dovyalis hispidula


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: Dovyalis hispidula.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=140810, retrieved 28 June 2016

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