Sideroxylon inerme L.
subsp. diospyroides (Baker) J.H. Hemsl.

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Sideroxylon inerme subsp. diospyroides

Photo: Mark Hyde
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Sideroxylon inerme subsp. diospyroides

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Sideroxylon inerme subsp. diospyroides

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

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Synonyms: Myrsine querimbensis Klotzsch
Sideroxylon diospyroides Baker
Common names: White milkwood (English)
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Evergreen shrub or small tree. Leaves elliptic to obovate-oblong covered in rusty hairs that rub off with age. Flowers greenish to white in small clusters in leaf axils or on the old wood. Fruits fleshy, purple-black when ripe, containing milky latex.
Derivation of specific name: inerme: unarmed, without spines
Habitat: Typically a coastal forest species, in Zimbabwe found along rivers and in open woodland, often associated with termite mounds.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 700 m
Flowering time:Jan - Jul
Worldwide distribution: Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Zimbabwe distribution: S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - near threatened
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Images last updated: Thursday 15 December 2005

Kupicha, F.K. (1983). Sapotaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 230 - 232. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Mozambique: Sideroxylon inerme subsp. diospyroides

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Sideroxylon inerme
African Plant Database: Sideroxylon inerme
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Sideroxylon inerme
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Sideroxylon inerme
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Sideroxylon inerme
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Sideroxylon inerme
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Sideroxylon inerme
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Ispot Southern Africa: Sideroxylon inerme
JSTOR Plant Science: Sideroxylon inerme
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Sideroxylon inerme
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Sideroxylon inerme
The Plant List (version 1.1): Sideroxylon inerme
Tropicos: Sideroxylon inerme

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Sideroxylon inerme subsp. diospyroides., retrieved 18 April 2019

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