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
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Jul - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Eswatini and South Africa as far as the Eastern Cape
Mozambique distribution:
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 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 640. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 23.

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

Goodier, R. & Phipps, J.B. (1961). A revised checklist of the vascular plants of the Chimanimani Mountains Kirkia 1 Page 59.

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 53. Under Flacourtiaceae

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

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 99.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Dovyalis lucida
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Dovyalis lucida., retrieved 12 July 2024

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