Manilkara mochisia (Baker) Dubard

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Manilkara mochisia

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Black granite quarry, Mtoko CL

Manilkara mochisia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Garura section of Mazowe River Game Reserve, Maramba CL, across Mazowe River from Hippo Pools

Manilkara mochisia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Garura section of Mazowe River Game Reserve, Maramba CL, across Mazowe River from Hippo Pools

Manilkara mochisia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Garura section of Mazowe River Game Reserve, Maramba CL, across Mazowe River from Hippo Pools

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Synonyms: Manilkara macaulayae Hutch. & Corbishley
Manilkara umbraculigera Hutch. &  Corbishley
Mimusops mochisia Baker
Common names: Lowveld milkberry (English) Mwambo (Shona)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small tree with arching branches. Leaves forming distinct rosettes at the ends of branches and short lateral shoots, obovate, leathery, glossy green above, paler below. Flowers greenish yellow, in small clusters under the new leaves. Fruit fleshy, ovoid, with a sharp bristle at the apex, yellow when ripe.
Notes: The rosettes of leaves and the looping method of branching could lead to this species being thought to be a Terminalia. However, Manilkara has a milky latex which species of Terminalia do not. Note that the latex is sometimes rather reluctantly produced and care is needed to check a number of leaves.
Derivation of specific name: mochisia: from to spill, to pour (Gr), possibly referring to the milky latex.
Habitat: Hot dry savannah woodland, often on termitaria.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: From Somalia to Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 25 August 2013
Literature:

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 508 - 509. (Includes a picture).

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

Kupicha, F.K. (1983). Sapotaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 243 - 244.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 101.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 225.


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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: Manilkara mochisia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=143820, retrieved 30 September 2016

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