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

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 176.

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

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 77.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Sideroxylon inerme
African Plant Database: Sideroxylon inerme
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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: Species information: Sideroxylon inerme subsp. diospyroides., retrieved 18 May 2024

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