3106.000 Boscia Lam.

Description of the genus

Shrubs or trees. Leaves simple, coriaceous, alternate or in fascicles. Inflorescence of racemes, fascicles or corymbs. Sepals 4. Petals 0. Stamens 6- many, on a very short androphore. Ovary 1-locular, ovoid or ellipsoid, borne on a gynophore; ovules 6-12 or many. Fruit spherical, indehiscent. Seeds 1-several.

Worldwide: 37 species in tropical Africa, South Africa and Arabia

Zimbabwe: 6 taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Belenois aurota (Brown-veined white) Food plant
Colotis evippe (Smoky orange tip) Food plant
Boscia angustifolia var. corymbosa

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
albitrunca (Burch.) Gilg & Gilg-Ben.N,W,E,SDescription, Image
angustifolia A. Rich. var. corymbosa (Gilg) DeWolfN,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
foetida Schinz subsp. rehmanniana (Pestal.) ToelkenSDescription, Image
matabelensis Pestal.N,W,EDescription, Image
mossambicensis KlotzschN,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
salicifolia Oliv.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Boscia:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Boscia
Flora of Caprivi: Boscia
Flora of Malawi: Boscia
Flora of Mozambique: Boscia
Flora of Zambia: Boscia

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Boscia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Boscia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Boscia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Boscia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Boscia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Boscia
JSTOR Plant Science: Boscia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Boscia
Plants of the World Online: Boscia
Tropicos: Boscia
Wikipedia: Boscia

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: Genus page: Boscia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=631, retrieved 24 May 2024

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