Englerophytum magalismontanum

Botanical name

Englerophytum magalismontanum (SA No 581)

Other names

Stem-fruit; stamvrug (Afrikaans); Bequaertiodendron magalismontanum; Chrysophyllum argyrophyllum; Pouteria magalismontanum

Family

Sapotaceae

Dimensions

Shrub or small tree, often 2 to 5 m

Description of stem

Grey, smooth with markings where the fruit appear

Description of leaves

Clustered at branch ends, obovate, glossy dark green above, distinctly yellow-brown below; prominent midrib with parallel lateral veins, margin entire, petiole over 1 cm, stipules often visible

Description of flowers

Pink, scented clusters of flowers from winter into early summer

Description of seed/fruit

Fleshy, red, with hairy covering, clustered on the old stems, one or two seeds

Description of roots

 

Variation

 

Propagation and cultivation

From seed or cuttings

Tolerances

Hardy

Uses

Edible fruit, not commonly a garden plant, but has good potential

Ecological rarity

Common

Pests and diseases

 

Other

 

Location

Rocky hills, wooded ravines, next to rivers and in bushy areas

Distribution (SA provinces)

Limpopo; Mpumalanga; Gauteng; Kwazulu-Natal

Country

South Africa; Zimbabwe; Mozambique; Swaziland

 

 

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