Synsepalum brevipes (Baker f.) T.D. Penn.

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Synsepalum brevipes

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Ndzou Camp, Moribane Forest

Synsepalum brevipes

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndzou Camp, Moribane Forest

Synsepalum brevipes

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndzou Camp, Moribane Forest

Synsepalum brevipes

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndzou Camp, Moribane Forest

Synsepalum brevipes

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zomba Community

Synsepalum brevipes

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Survey Plot 3, Magorogodo hills, Zomba Community

Synsepalum brevipes

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Regulo Zomba's compound, Zomba Community.

Synsepalum brevipes

Photo: Bart Wursten
Regulo Zomba's compound, Zomba Community.

Synsepalum brevipes

Photo: Bart Wursten
Regulo Zomba's compound, Zomba Community.

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Synonyms: Chrysophyllum cinereum Engl.
Chrysophyllum stuhlmannii Engl.
Pachystela brevipes Baker) Engl.
Pachystela cinerea (Engl.) Engl.
Pouteria brevipes (Baker) Baehni
Sideroxylon brevipes Baker
Common names: Stem-fruit miraculous-berry (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small to medium-sized tree. Bark grey-brown to blackish, rough in older specimens; stem often fluted; milky latex present. Leaves oblanceolate to narrowly obovate, 9-25 cm long, leathery, glossy green and hairless above, pale with silvery hairs and distinct, parallel lateral veins below, midrib grooved. Young leaves and twigs covered in short brown hairs. Flowers in few to many-flowered clusters on dwarf spur branchlets along the branches, greenish to creamy-white, sweetly scented. Fruit thinly fleshy, ellipsoid, c. 2.5 × 1.5 cm, yellow to orange when ripe, tipped by the style and cupped in the calyx lobes, edible.
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Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In riverine forest and dry evergreen forest on the fringes of lakes.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Jan - May
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa to Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Saturday 3 September 2011
Literature:

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 872 - 873.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 109.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 266. As Pachystela brevipes

Kupicha, F.K. (1983). Sapotaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 225 - 227. as Pachystela brevipes (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 77.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 96.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 175.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 543 - 546. (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: Synsepalum brevipes.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=143720, retrieved 30 July 2016

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