Dovyalis lucida Sim

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Common names: Glossy sourberry (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Bark yellow-white to grey, finely fissured, branches with scattered pale lenticels, usually unarmed but occasionally armed with spines, up to 3.5 cm long. Leaves broadly elliptic to almost round, 2.5-8 cm, dark glossy green above, paler below, lateral veins prominent on both surfaces; margins entire or irregularly toothed. Flowers short-lived, very small, greenish yellow, stamens c.15. Fruit ellipsoid, fleshy, 1-1.5 cm in diameter, velvety, cupped by the small recurved calyx lobes; bright orange-red when ripe, edible but sour.
Derivation of specific name: lucida: shining
Habitat: Occurring in forest.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Jul - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and South Africa as far as the Eastern Cape
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Images last updated: Tuesday 13 March 2007

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 261.

Wild, H. (1960). Flacourtiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 282 - 283. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Dovyalis lucida
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Dovyalis lucida
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Dovyalis lucida
The Plant List (version 1.1): Dovyalis lucida
Tropicos: Dovyalis lucida

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Dovyalis lucida., retrieved 19 April 2018

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