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Shrub or deciduous tree with a spreading crown. Bark grey, rough in older trees; young branchlets often purplish. Leaves opposite to sub-opposite, elliptic to ovate, 1.5-4 cm long, greyish-green above, paler below, hairless, lateral veins in a herringbone pattern going right up to the margin; margin entire or appearing slightly scalloped between the veins; petiole 1-3 mm long, grooved along the top. Flowers in small few-flowered axillary clusters, greenish, inconspicuous. Fruit ellipsoid, up to 9 × 3 mm, fleshy, yellow to brownish-red, edible.


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© Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings

Source: Flora of Zimbabwe

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