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  1. Family: Sapotaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Manilkara Adans.
      1. Manilkara sulcata (Engl.) Dubard

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


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

    Small much-branched evergreen tree or shrub, height up to 10 m.; bark grey with small longitudinal fissures.
    Terminal buds, young shoots and very young leaves with dense ferrugineous pubescence, older leaves and branchlets glabrous.
    Petioles 3–10(–12) mm. long, glabrous or puberulous.
    Leaf-lamina coriaceous, narrowly to broadly obovate or rarely narrowly elliptic, up to 6.5 (rarely –9.5) cm. long and 2.6 (rarely –3.2) cm. wide; upper surface dark shiny green, lower surface paler green, sometimes with slight ferrugineous pubescence near base; nervation inconspicuous.
    Flowers 2–6.
    Pedicels 4–7 mm. long, ferrugineously pubescent.
    Calyx-lobes connate near base; outer lobes ± ovate, 2.5–3.5 mm. long, 1.5–2 mm. wide, ferrugineously pubescent externally; inner lobes narrowly elliptic, 3–4 mm. long, 1–1.5 mm. wide, puberulous externally.
    Corolla-tube up to 1 mm. long; lobes pale green, ± trifid; two outer segments ± lanceolate, 2.5–4 mm. long; median segment variable in shape, ± ligulate to narrowly elliptic, or rarely very small and subulate or absent, up to 4 mm. long.
    Filaments 1.5–3 mm. long; anthers ± 1 mm. long.
    Staminodes irregular in shape, ± triangular to oblong, very small, serrulate, denticulate or ± laciniate, usually with ± terminal acumen.
    Ovary globose, ± 1 mm. long, densely ferrugineous pilose; style up to 3 mm. long.
    Fruit greenish, ellipsoid to obovoid, up to 1 cm. long, 7 mm. in diameter, subglabrous, 1-seeded.
    Seed obliquely ovoid, compressed, up to 8 mm. long, 5 mm. in diameter; scar lateral, extending to base.
    Lowland dry evergreen forest, coastal woodlands, evergreen bushlands and thickets, also in dry scrub; 0–600(?–1300) m.
    K1 K4 K7 P T3 T6 Z not known elsewhere



    Native to:

    Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania


    Other Data

    Manilkara sulcata (Engl.) Dubard appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 2006 Stuhlmann, F.L. [176], Tanzania K000883672 Unknown type material
    Jan 1, 2006 Boivin, L.H. [s.n.], Tanzania K000883674
    Jan 1, 2006 Holst, C.H.E.W. [3551a], Tanzania K000883673 isosyntype


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

    Accepted by

    • 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

    • Thulin, M. (ed.) (2006). Flora of Somalia 3: 1-626. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Dale & Greenway, Kenya Trees and Shrubs p. 527 (1961).
    • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 564 (1949).
    • Dubard in Ann. Mus. Col. Marseille, sér. 3, 3: 26 (1915).


    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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