Dovyalis caffra

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Dovyalis caffra (Hook.f. & Harv.) Warb.

Flacourtiaceae

Life form: tree
Usage: economic plant

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Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: ovate

Division: simple

Shape: not specified
Fruit: berry

 

Inflorescence: not specified

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Dilleniidae
Superordo:
Violanae
Ordo:
Violales

Dovyalis caffra, commonly known as kei apple, is a tree.

Naming

Dovyalis caffra was already described and the name validly published by Joseph Dalton Hooker and William Henry Harvey. It was Otto Warburg, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1893.

Taxonomy

Dovyalis caffra is a species in the genus Dovyalis which contains approximately 9 to 36 species and belongs to the family of the Flacourtiaceae (Flacourtia Family).

Characteristics

Dovyalis caffra - habitus
Dovyalis caffra - bark
Dovyalis caffra - fruits
Dovyalis caffra - thorns

Growth

The trees reach heights of 3 to 6 metres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Dovyalis caffra is deciduous. The simple leaves are alternate. They are ovate, entire and petiolate.

Flowers and Fruits

The trees produce berries.

Root System

Distribution

Dovyalis caffra is native to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland.

Cultivation

The trees tolerate temperatures down to -7°C (USDA zone 9).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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