Manilkara mochisia (Baker) Dubard

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Manilkara mochisia

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Black granite quarry, Mtoko CL

Manilkara mochisia

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Garura section of Mazowe River Game Reserve, Maramba CL, across Mazowe River from Hippo Pools

Manilkara mochisia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Garura section of Mazowe River Game Reserve, Maramba CL, across Mazowe River from Hippo Pools

Manilkara mochisia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Garura section of Mazowe River Game Reserve, Maramba CL, across Mazowe River from Hippo Pools

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Synonyms: Manilkara macaulayae Hutch. & Corbishley
Manilkara umbraculigera Hutch. &  Corbishley
Mimusops mochisia Baker
Mimusops umbraculigera Hutch. & Corbishley
Common names: Lowveld milkberry (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree with arching branches. Leaves forming distinct rosettes at the ends of branches and short lateral shoots, obovate, leathery, glossy green above, paler below. Flowers greenish yellow, in small clusters under the new leaves. Fruit fleshy, ovoid, with a sharp bristle at the apex, yellow when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: mochisia: from to spill, to pour (Gr), possibly referring to the milky latex.
Habitat: Hot dry savannah woodland, often on termitaria.
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: From Somalia to Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Botswana distribution: N
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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 739. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 38.

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 508 - 509. (Includes a picture).

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

Kupicha, F.K. (1983). Sapotaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 243 - 244.

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.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 101.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 62. as Mimusops unmbraculifera

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 225.

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Flora of Caprivi: Manilkara mochisia
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Manilkara mochisia
African Plant Database: Manilkara mochisia
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Manilkara mochisia
Plants of the World Online: Manilkara mochisia
Tropicos: Manilkara mochisia
Wikipedia: Manilkara mochisia

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: Species information: Manilkara mochisia., retrieved 25 May 2024

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