Mimusops obtusifolia Lam.

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Mimusops obtusifolia

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Road to Chiniziuwa River, Sofala, Mozambique.

Mimusops obtusifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Clouds Pool, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza

Mimusops obtusifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Clouds Pool, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza

Mimusops obtusifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Clouds Pool, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza

Mimusops obtusifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Clouds Pool, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza

Mimusops obtusifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
River Above Nharizengere Falls, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Mimusops obtusifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
River Above Nharizengere Falls, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Mimusops obtusifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
River Above Nharizengere Falls, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Mimusops obtusifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
River Above Nharizengere Falls, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Mimusops obtusifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
River Above Nharizengere Falls, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

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Synonyms: Mimusops fruticosa A. DC.
Mimusops kirkii Baker
Common names: Round-fruited red milkwood (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small to medium-sized tree. Bark grey to blackish, very rough and fissured in older specimens. Leaves elliptic to obovate or almost round, 3.5-10 cm long, leathery to almost fleshy, glossy dark green and hairless above, with or without greyish hairs below; apex rounded, often notched. Young leaves and twigs covered in rusty-brown hairs. Flowers in few-flowered axillary clusters, creamy-white, c. 1 cm in diameter, the sepals covered in brownish hairs. Fruit fleshy, subspherical, c. 2.5 cm long, orange-red when ripe.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: obtusifolia: with obtuse or rounded leaves
Habitat: In riverine thickets, forest, mixed woodland, often on termite mounds.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Mar - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Tanzania, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Literature:

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

Kupicha, F.K. (1983). Sapotaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 239 - 240.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Mimusops obtusifolia
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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: Mimusops obtusifolia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=143780, retrieved 10 December 2016

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