3106.000 Boscia Lam.

Description of the genus

Shrubs or trees. Leaves simple, coriaceous, alternate or in fascicles. Inflorescence of racemes, fascicles or corymbs. Sepals 4. Petals 0. Stamens 6- many, on a very short androphore. Ovary 1-locular, ovoid or ellipsoid, borne on a gynophore; ovules 6-12 or many. Fruit spherical, indehiscent. Seeds 1-several.

Worldwide: 37 species in tropical Africa, South Africa and Arabia

Botswana: 7 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Belenois aurota (Brown-veined white)
Colotis evippe (Smoky orange tip)
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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
albitrunca (Burch.) Gilg & Gilg-Ben.N,SW,SEDescription, Image
angustifolia A. Rich. var. corymbosa (Gilg) DeWolfNDescription, Image
foetida Schinz subsp. minima Tölken[LR-nt]
foetida Schinz subsp. rehmanniana (Pestal.) ToelkenN,SEDescription, Image
matabelensis Pestal.N,SEDescription, Image
mossambicensis KlotzschNDescription, Image
salicifolia Oliv.NDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Boscia:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: Boscia
Flora of Malawi: Boscia
Flora of Mozambique: Boscia
Flora of Zambia: Boscia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Boscia

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Boscia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Boscia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Boscia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Boscia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Boscia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Boscia
JSTOR Plant Science: Boscia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Boscia
Plants of the World Online: Boscia
Tropicos: Boscia
Wikipedia: Boscia

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 Botswana: Genus page: Boscia.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=631, retrieved 3 March 2024

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