Manilkara concolor (Harv.) Gerstner

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Manilkara concolor

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Bazaruto Island

Manilkara concolor

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Bazaruto Island

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Synonyms: Mimusops concolor Harv. ex C.H. Wright
Common names: Zulu milkberry (English)
Status: Native
Usually a shrub or a much-branched small tree. Leaves somewhat crowded at the ends of branches, obovate-oblong, up to 8.5 cm long, thickly leathery dark green with a yellowish midrib, paler green below; margin entire. Flowers in many-flowered axillary clusters near the ends of the branches, pendulous on long stalks, c. 2.5 cm long greenish-white. Fruit a berry, green turning yellow to orange when ripe, pointed at the apex with the persistent style, edible.
Derivation of specific name: concolor: of the same colour, referring to the leaf surfaces.
Habitat: Occurring in sand forest and bushveld, often on termite mounds.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Aug - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal)
Mozambique distribution: GI,M
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 20 August 2013

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 738. (Includes a picture).

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 169.

Kupicha, F.K. (1983). Sapotaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Page 244.

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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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: Manilkara concolor., retrieved 19 July 2024

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