Carissa macrocarpa (Eckl.) A. DC.

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Carissa macrocarpa

Photo: Mark Hyde
33, Montgomery Road, Highlands, Harare

Carissa macrocarpa

Photo: Mark Hyde
33, Montgomery Road, Highlands, Harare

Carissa macrocarpa

Photo: Mark Hyde
33, Montgomery Road, Highlands, Harare

Carissa macrocarpa

Photo: Mark Hyde
33, Montgomery Road, Highlands, Harare

Carissa macrocarpa

Photo: Mark Hyde
33, Montgomery Road, Highlands, Harare

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Synonyms: Arduina grandiflora E. Mey.
Arduina macrocarpa Eckl.
Carissa grandiflora (E. Mey.) A. DC.
Jasminonerium grandiflorum (E.Mey.) Kuntze
Common names: Big num-num (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Multi-stemmed shrub to 4 m. Young stems glabrous, greenish, strongly rugose. Spines usually forked twice, but once-forked spines do occur. Leaves thickly textured, 2-4 - 7 cm, ovate to subcircular, glabrous; apex obtuse, mucronate. Inflorescences of sessile or shortly pedunculate 1-few-flowered cymes. Flowers 5-merous, white, heterostylous. Calyx 2-5 mm, with tiny dark scales at base on inner side. Corolla: tube 11-18.5 mm long; lobes broadly elliptic, overlapping to the left. Fruit large, 3-5 cm long when fresh, red, edible with many seeds..
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: macrocarpa: with large fruits
Habitat: By the coast in scrub and on sand dunes
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Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique and South Africa
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,M
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Content last updated: Sunday 5 May 2013
Literature:

Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. & Kupicha, F.K. et al. (1985). Apocynaceae FZ 7(2) Page 401.

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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Carissa macrocarpa

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African Plant Database: Carissa macrocarpa
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Carissa macrocarpa
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Carissa macrocarpa
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Carissa macrocarpa
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Carissa macrocarpa
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Carissa macrocarpa
Ispot Southern Africa : Carissa macrocarpa
JSTOR Plant Science: Carissa macrocarpa
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Carissa macrocarpa
Tropicos: Carissa macrocarpa
West African Plants database: Carissa macrocarpa


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings, Stefaan Dondeyne and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P., Dondeyne, S. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Carissa macrocarpa.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=174240, retrieved 22 December 2014

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