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Glossy sourberry (English)
Description: Shrub or small tree. Bark yellow-white to grey, finely fissured, branches with scattered pale lenticels, usually unarmed but occasionally armed with spines, up to 3.5 cm long. Leaves broadly elliptic to almost round, 2.5-8 cm, dark glossy green above, paler below, lateral veins prominent on both surfaces; margins entire or irregularly toothed. Flowers short-lived, very small, greenish yellow, stamens c.15. Fruit ellipsoid, fleshy, 1-1.5 cm in diameter, velvety, cupped by the small recurved calyx lobes; bright orange-red when ripe, edible but sour.
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Habitat: Occurring in forest.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time: Jul - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and South Africa as far as the Eastern Cape
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Images last updated: Tuesday 13 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 282 - 283. (Includes a picture). Comments
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Other sources of information about Dovyalis lucida: Our websites: Flora of Mozambique
Dovyalis lucida External websites: African Plant Database
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Dovyalis lucida Ispot Southern Africa
Dovyalis lucida JSTOR Plant Science
Dovyalis lucida Kew Herbarium catalogue
Dovyalis lucida Tropicos
Dovyalis lucida 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 lucida.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=140820, retrieved 30 August 2016
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