Parinari capensis Harv.
subsp. capensis

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Parinari capensis subsp. capensis

Photo: Petra Ballings
Lake Chivero Recreational Park

Parinari capensis subsp. capensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

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Common names: Sand apple (English)
Status: Native
Dwarf suffrutex, normally less than 20 cm, forming dense carpets from an extensive underground stem and root system. Leaves more or less elliptic with distinct whitish undersides. Inflorescences terminal and axillary, borne almost at ground level. Flowers small, white; calyx densely hairy, sand-coloured. This species is very similar in many aspects to the closely related P. curatellifolia, except for its entirely different growth habit.
Derivation of specific name: capensis: of the Cape
Habitat: On sandy soils in open woodland and in secondary grassland where woodland has been cleared.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa from Congo, DRC and Tanzania south to northern Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique and South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: MS,GI,M
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 173. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 28. As Parinari capensis incohata

Fanshawe, D.B. (). District vegetation reports Division of Forest Research, Kitwe (roneo).

Fanshawe, D.B. (1971). The Vegetation of Zambia. Division of Forest Research, Kitwe.

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

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 46.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 11. as Parinarium capense

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 203.

White, F. (1978). Chrysobalanaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 36 - 38. As Parinari capensis

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Flora of Botswana: Parinari capensis subsp. capensis
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Parinari capensis subsp. capensis

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Parinari capensis
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Parinari capensis
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The Plant List (version 1.1): Parinari capensis
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Wikipedia: Parinari capensis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Parinari capensis subsp. capensis., retrieved 22 September 2019

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