Harpephyllum caffrum Bernh.

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Harpephyllum caffrum

Photo: Mark Hyde
Outside Reps Theatre, off Sam Nujoma Street, Harare

Harpephyllum caffrum

Photo: Mark Hyde
Harry Pichanick Drive, Alexandra Park, Harare

Harpephyllum caffrum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Harry Pichanick Drive, Alexandra Park, Harare

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Common names: Wild plum (English)
Description: Evergreen tree. Leaves imparipinnate, in clusters at the ends of the thick branches. Flowers in axillary panicles. Calyx 4-5-lobed. Petals 4(-5). Fruit a red drupe, edible.
Notes: The leaflets form circular shapes around the branch apices as may be seen in image 2
Derivation of specific name: caffrum: from Kaffraria, or South Africa
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Native of South Africa.
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 476. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 21.

Fernandes, R. & A. (1966). Anacardiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 557 - 558. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Harpephyllum caffrum
African Plant Database: Harpephyllum caffrum
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Harpephyllum caffrum
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Wikipedia: Harpephyllum caffrum

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: Species information: Harpephyllum caffrum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=164290, retrieved 31 May 2024

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