Dovyalis rotundifolia (Thunb.) Thunb. & Harv.

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Dovyalis rotundifolia

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Synonyms: Celastrus rotundifolius Thunb.
Dovyalis celastroides Sond.
Common names: Dune sourberry (English)
Status: Native
Small tree to 7 m tall. Trunk armed with straight spines up to 8 cm long. Leaves: petiole 2-3 mm, rather stout; lamina 2-3 × 1.5-2 cm, obovate to almost circular, dark glossy green, hairless; apex rounded, notched. Flowers small, greenish. Fruit 0.6-1 cm long, ellipsoid, fleshy, bright red with small calyx lobes bent backwards at the base. Seeds 2.
Notes: Recorded for Mozambique in Trees of Southern Africa (Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002)). There is also a specimen (Mogg 27967) in SRGH.
Derivation of specific name: rotundifolia: with round leaves
Habitat: In coastal scrub and dune forest
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Worldwide distribution: Southern Mozambique, Eastern Cape and probably KwaZulu-Natal South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: M
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Content last updated: Thursday 17 August 2017

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 765 - 766. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Dovyalis rotundifolia
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JSTOR Plant Science: Dovyalis rotundifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Dovyalis rotundifolia
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Dovyalis rotundifolia., retrieved 30 May 2023

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