Englerophytum natalense (Sond.) T.D. Penn.

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Englerophytum natalense

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Englerophytum natalense

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Englerophytum natalense

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

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Synonyms: Bequaertiodendron natalense (Sond.) Heine & J.H. Hemsl.
Chrysophyllum natalense Sond.
Common names: Forest stem-fruit (English) Natal milk-plum (English)
Status: Native
Small to medium-sized tree. Leaves alternate, mostly crowded near the ends of branches, obovate-lanceolate, glossy green above, covered in silvery hairs below, which may wear off in old leaves. Flowers white to cream singly or in small clusters in the leaf axils. Fruit fleshy, ovoid, red when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: natalense: of Natal, South Africa
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution: East Africa south to South Africa
Malawi distribution: S
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 737. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 24.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 266. As Bequaertiodendron natalense

Kupicha, F.K. (1983). Sapotaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 223 - 225. As Bequaertiodendron natalense (Includes a picture).

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 76.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Pages 174 - 175.

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Flora of Mozambique: Englerophytum natalense
Flora of Zimbabwe: Englerophytum natalense

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Englerophytum natalense
African Plant Database: Englerophytum natalense
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Englerophytum natalense
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Englerophytum natalense
JSTOR Plant Science: Englerophytum natalense
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Englerophytum natalense
Plants of the World Online: Englerophytum natalense
Tropicos: Englerophytum natalense
Wikipedia: Englerophytum natalense

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Englerophytum natalense.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=143770, retrieved 25 May 2024

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