Mimusops zeyheri Sond.

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Mimusops zeyheri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Victoria Falls NP

Mimusops zeyheri

Photo: Michael Jackson
Within the Great Enclosure, Great Zimbabwe

Mimusops zeyheri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Great Enclosure, Great Zimbabwe

Mimusops zeyheri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Great Enclosure, Great Zimbabwe

Mimusops zeyheri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Great Enclosure, Great Zimbabwe

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Synonyms: Mimusops decorifolia S. Moore
Mimusops monroi S. Moore
Common names: Muchechete (Shona) Muchirinje (Shona) Mukaurura (Shona) Mutunzi (Shona) Red milkwood (English) Svanzwa (Shona) Umbumbulu (Ndebele)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Small to medium-sized tree. Leaves elliptic to obovate, mostly spiralled at the ends of branches, leathery, dark green above, paler below. Young leaves and twigs covered in rusty-brown velvety hairs. Flowers in few-flowered axillary clusters, creamy white, the sepals covered in brownish hairs. Fruit fleshy, ovoid, bright orange when ripe.
Notes: There are 4 large specimens of this species within the Great Enclosure at Great Zimbabwe; see image 4-8 above.
Derivation of specific name: zeyheri: named after Carl Zeyher, 1799 - 1858, a German naturalist
Habitat: On wooded rocky hillsides, in riverine thickets and along margins of forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 740 - 1470 m
Flowering time:Oct - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Tanzania, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Saturday 14 July 2012

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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 zeyheri.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=143790, retrieved 28 May 2016

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