Mimusops obovata Sond.

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Synonyms: Mimusops oleifolia N.E. Br.
Mimusops rudatisii Engl. & K. Krause
Mimusops woodii Engl.
Common names: Bush red-milkwood (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or tree to 20 m. Leaves thinly coriaceous, glabrous; lamina 2-5 × 1-2.5 cm, elliptic to obovate, shiny dark green above, dull green beneath; base acute; apex acute, apiculate or rounded; margin slightly undulate. Flowers white to cream, borne in clusters of 1-2 leaf axils. Calyx brownish-pubescent. Corolla: tube c. 1 mm; median and lateral segments approximately equal in shape and size; lateral segments undivided. Fruit ovoid, beaked, 2-3.5 cm long, yellow to orange-red when ripe; fruiting calyx reflexed.
Derivation of specific name: obovata: with obovate leaves
Habitat: In gallery forest and moist evergreen forest
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Aug - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Southern Mozambique southwards to South Africa (Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape) and Eswatini
Mozambique distribution: GI,M
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Pseudarcraea boisduvalii trimenii (Larval foodplant)
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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 740. (Includes a picture).

Kupicha, F.K. (1983). Sapotaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Page 237.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Mimusops obovata
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Mimusops obovata
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Mimusops obovata
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Mimusops obovata
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iNaturalist: Mimusops obovata
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Mimusops obovata
JSTOR Plant Science: Mimusops obovata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Mimusops obovata
Plants of the World Online: Mimusops obovata
Tropicos: Mimusops obovata
Wikipedia: Mimusops obovata

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 obovata.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=175080, retrieved 24 February 2024

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