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  1. Family: Sapotaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Manilkara Adans.
      1. Manilkara mochisia (Baker) Dubard

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Somalia to S. Africa.


    Sapotaceae, J. H. Hemsley. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1968

    Small to medium-sized tree with low branching and spreading crown, height up to 20 m., or sometimes a shrub.
    Bark brownish-grey or blackish with longitudinal fissures.
    Branching very irregular with leaves borne mainly in terminal rosettes on dwarf shoots, the latter usually swollen and with rough scarring; young shoots glabrescent or pubescent with evanescent ferrugineous indumentum.
    Petioles l.5–12(–20) mm. long, glabrous or puberulous to pubescent especially when young.
    Leaf-lamina coriaceous, elliptic-obovate to obovate, l.5–6.5(–7.5) cm. long, 0.8–3 cm. wide, apex rounded, often emarginate, base broadly to narrowly cuneate, in which case usually decurrent with petiole, or rarely ± rounded (especially in very shortly petiolate leaves), glabrous or puberulous to ± pubescent mainly on lower surface especially in young leaves; lateral nerves ± 10–14 on each side, nervation lightly impressed on both surfaces.
    Flowers white to pale yellow, densely clustered in leaf axils.
    Pedicels 6–13 mm. long, glabrous or with varying degrees of pubescence.
    Calyx-lobes ± free to base; outer lobes ± ovate, 2.5–4 mm. long, 1.5–3 mm. wide, glabrescent to densely pubescent; inner lobes similar in shape but slightly smaller and pubescent externally.
    Corolla-tube very short; lobes trifid; segments narrowly lanceolate or ligulate, 2–4 mm. long.
    Filaments 1.5–2 mm. long; anthers 1–2 mm. long.
    Staminodes small, truncate, apex irregularly toothed, rarely with one tooth enlarged and filament-like.
    Ovary subglobose, shortly pilose, tapering at apex to a simple style, 2–3 mm. long.
    Fruit yellow when mature with crimson soft edible pulp, subglobose to ellipsoid, up to 1.8 cm. long, 1.3 cm. in diameter, glabrous, containing 1–3 seeds.
    Seeds dark brown, ellipsoid and compressed, up to 1.3 cm. long, 8 mm. wide; scar lateral, extending to base.
    Deciduous bushland and thickets, dry scrub with trees; 0–2100 m.
    K1 K3 K4 K7 T1 T3 T4 T5 T6 T8 extends northwards to Somali Republic (S.) and southwards through Mozambique, Zambia and Rhodesia to Natal, Botswana and Angola

    Sapotaceae, F. K. Kupicha. Flora Zambesiaca 7:1. 1983

    Evergreen tree or large bush 3–20 m. tall, with rough dark bark and pendulous branches, said to spread by suckering.
    Branching subterminal, strongly divaricate, often subverticillate; leaves densely clustered at stem apices which are then overtopped by younger branches.
    Leaves 1·8–9 x 1–3·4 cm., oblong, oblong–obovate or cordate, the apex rounded and emarginate, the base acute; petiole 1–10 mm. long. Upper leaf surface with midrib slightly raised and lateral veins level or impressed; lower surface with prominent midrib and veins level to strongly impressed; leaves often crispate–pubescent below and sometimes also sparsely pubescent above, patchily glabrescent.
    Flowers abundant, strongly scented, in fascicles of 3–4 per node; pedicels 5–7 mm. long.
    Calyx c. 3–5 mm. long, the sepals elliptic–ovate.
    Corolla 3·6–4 mm. long, greenish– or brownish–yellow; basal tube c. 0·4 mm. long; median and lateral segments ± equal in shape and size, narrowly elliptic.
    Anthers 1·3–1·9 mm. long.
    Staminodes very variable even within a single flower, ranging in shape from a small triangular or ovate–dentate scale to a long narrow process exceeding the stamen.
    Gynoecium 2·8–3·6 mm. long.
    Fruit up to 18 mm. long when ripe, ellipsoid, yellow with red pulp, edible, 1–3–seeded.
    Seed 8–13 mm. long.



    Native to:

    Angola, Botswana, Caprivi Strip, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Somalia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe


    Other Data

    Manilkara mochisia (Baker) Dubard appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jun 1, 1956 Stuhlmann, F.L. [584], Tanzania K000883670 Unknown type material
    Wild, H. [2748], Zimbabwe 11786.000
    Kirk, J. 17422.000 Unknown type material
    Kirk, J. [304], Mozambique K000901121 lectotype
    Kirk, J. [s.n.], Zambia K000901122
    Allen, C.E.F. [185], Zambia K000901123 holotype
    s.coll. [2639], Zimbabwe K000901115 holotype
    s.coll. [167] K000901120 lectotype
    Macaulay, M.A. [1002], Zambia K000901119 holotype


    First published in Ann. Mus. Colon. Marseille, sér. 3, 3: 26 (1915)

    Accepted by

    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Thulin, M. (ed.) (2006). Flora of Somalia 3: 1-626. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Curtis, B. & Mannheimer, C. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia: 1-688. The National Botanical Research Institute, Windhoek.
    • Calane da Silva, M., Izdine, S. & Amuse, A.B. (2004). A Preliminary Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Mozambique: 1-184. SABONET, Pretoria.
    • Govaerts, R., Frodin, D.G. & Pennington, D. (2001 publ. 2002). World Checklist and Bibliography of Sapotaceae: 1-364. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Curtis, B. & Mannheimer, C. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia: 1-688. The National Botanical Research Institute, Windhoek.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • J. H. Hemsl. in Kew Bulletin 20: 483 (1966).
    • Meeuse in Flora of Southern Africa 26: 50, fig. 8 (1963).
    • F. White, Forest Flora of Northern Rhodesia p. 321 (1962).
    • Dale & Greenway, Kenya Trees and Shrubs p. 526 (1961).
    • Meeuse in Bothalia 7: 369, fig. 16 (1960).
    • Dubard in Ann. Mus. Col. Marseille, sér. 3, 3: 26 (1915).


    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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