Mimusops zeyheri Sond.

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Mimusops zeyheri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Great Enclosure, Great Zimbabwe

Mimusops zeyheri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Great Enclosure, Great Zimbabwe

Mimusops zeyheri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Great Enclosure, Great Zimbabwe

Mimusops zeyheri

Photo: Mark Hyde
Great Enclosure, Great Zimbabwe

Mimusops zeyheri

Photo: Mark Hyde
Great Enclosure, Great Zimbabwe

Mimusops zeyheri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Besna Kobila, Matobo

Mimusops zeyheri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Besna Kobila, Matobo

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Synonyms: Mimusops decorifolia S. Moore
Mimusops monroi S. Moore
Common names: Red milkwood (English)
Status: Native
Small to medium-sized tree. Leaves elliptic to obovate, mostly spiralled at the ends of branches, leathery, dark green above, paler below. Young leaves and twigs covered in rusty-brown velvety hairs. Flowers in few-flowered axillary clusters, creamy white, the sepals covered in brownish hairs. Fruit fleshy, ovoid, bright orange when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: zeyheri: named after Carl Zeyher, 1799 - 1858, a German naturalist
Habitat: On wooded rocky hillsides, in riverine thickets and along margins of forest.
Altitude range: 740 - 1470 m
Flowering time:Oct - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Tanzania, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Mozambique distribution: N,T,MS,M
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Pseudarcraea boisduvalii trimenii (Larval foodplant)
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Content last updated: Thursday 18 December 2008

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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: Mimusops zeyheri.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=143790, retrieved 12 July 2024

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