Manilkara discolor (Sond.) J.H. Hemsl.

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Manilkara discolor

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National Botanic Gardens, Harare

Manilkara discolor

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Gardens, Harare

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Synonyms: Labourdonnaisia discolor Sond.
Mahea natalensis Pierre
Manilkara altissima (Engl.) H.J. Lam
Manilkara natalensis (Pierre) Dubard
Mimusops altissima Engl.
Mimusops buchananii Engl.
Mimusops discolor (Sonder) Hartog
Muriea discolor (Sond.) Hartog
Common names: Forest milkberry (English)
Status: Native
Medium to large tree. Milky sap present. Leaves crowded at the ends of branches, obovate-oblong, markedly discolorous, dark green above, covered in silvery-white velvety hairs below; midrib and petiole yellowish; margin entire. Flowers creamy-yellow in small axillary clusters. Fruit ovoid or ellipsoid, upto 1.3 cm long, green turning yellow when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: discolor: not of the same colour, referring to the sides of the leaves.
Habitat: In evergreen forest and on termite mounds in tall miombo woodland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Jun - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa.
Malawi distribution: N,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Pseudarcraea boisduvalii trimenii (Larval foodplant)
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Content last updated: Sunday 27 August 2017

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Manilkara discolor., retrieved 23 April 2024

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