Dovyalis zeyheri (Sond.) Warb.

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Dovyalis zeyheri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mukuvisi Woodland, office area

Dovyalis zeyheri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mukuvisi Woodland, office area

Dovyalis zeyheri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mukuvisi Woodland, office area

Dovyalis zeyheri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kutsaga

Dovyalis zeyheri

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Marydale Point Lake Chivero Recreational Park

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Synonyms: Aberia zeyheri Sond.
Dovyalis revoluta Thom
Dovyalis tristis (Sond.) Warb.
Common names: Apricot sourberry (English) Munhungura (Shona) Musvisvirondo (Shona) Mutsvoritoto (Shona) Oval kei-apple (English) Umqokolo (Ndebele)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small to medium-sized tree. Bark pale to dark grey, smooth in young trees but deeply fissured in older specimens (image 1). Leaves obovate to broadly elliptic, glossy above, dull and paler below, with or without hairs; margin often obscurely scalloped. Flowers solitary or in clusters, greenish-yellow, about 10 mm in diameter. Fruit ovoid, fleshy, velvety, cupped by the persistent calyx; bright orange when ripe.
Notes: Fruits edible and used for jams and jelly. Trees are known to smell like rotten meat but the source is unknown.
Derivation of specific name: zeyheri: named after Carl Zeyher, 1799 - 1858, a German naturalist
Habitat: In open woodland and along forest margins.
Altitude range: (metres) Above 1200 m
Flowering time:Sep - Dec
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Tuesday 28 March 2006
Literature:

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

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 75.

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Pages 144 - 145. (Includes a picture).


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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 zeyheri.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=140840, retrieved 1 June 2016

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