4558.000 Sclerocarya Hochst.

Description of the genus

Trees, mostly glabrous but hairs, if present, simple never stellate. Leaves alternate, crowded at ends of branches, imparipinnate, petiolate, entire or toothed. Flowers unisexual, in axillary or terminal, spike-like inflorescences. Sepals and petals 3-4(-5). Male flowers: stamens 15-25; pistillode 0. Female flowers slightly larger than male; staminodes ± developed; ovary 2-3(-4)-locular; styles 2-3; stigmas capitate. Drupe obovoid-subspherical with fleshy mesocarp and thick bony endocarp which is 3-operculate at apex. Seeds 2-3, flattened.

Worldwide: 4 species in tropical and South Africa

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

Sclerocarya birrea subsp. caffra

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birrea (A. Rich.) Hochst. subsp. caffra (Sond.) KokwaroDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Sclerocarya:

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Flora of Botswana: Sclerocarya
Flora of Caprivi: Sclerocarya
Flora of Malawi: Sclerocarya
Flora of Mozambique: Sclerocarya
Flora of Zambia: Sclerocarya
Flora of Zimbabwe: Sclerocarya

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Sclerocarya
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Sclerocarya
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Sclerocarya
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iNaturalist: Sclerocarya
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Sclerocarya
JSTOR Plant Science: Sclerocarya
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Sclerocarya
Plants of the World Online: Sclerocarya
Tropicos: Sclerocarya
Wikipedia: Sclerocarya

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Sclerocarya.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=879, retrieved 18 April 2024

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