Carissa tetramera (Sacleux) Stapf

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Synonyms: Arduina tetramera Sacleux
Common names: Sand num-num (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Usually a multi-stemmed shrub up to 3 m tall. Bark pale grey, flaking; branches armed with opposite, forked slender spines up to 5 cm long; all parts with milky sap. Leaves opposite, elliptic, lanceolate, ovate to almost round, up to 6.5 cm long, shiny dark green above, sharply tipped at the apex, sometimes slightly velvety; margin entire. Flowers in terminal clusters or in the axils of the spines, white, often tinged pink, strongly scented; corolla 4-lobed. Fruit ellipsoid, c. 1 cm long, red to purple-black hen ripe, edible.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: tetramera: in four parts, referring to the flowers.
Habitat: In dry open woodland.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Oct - May
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania,Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: S
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West African Plants database: Carissa tetramera


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Carissa tetramera.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=144950, retrieved 31 July 2014

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