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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Chrysophyllum

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Order: Ericales > Family: Sapotaceae

About 80 species, native mainly to the Neotropics but also to Africa, Madagascar, Asia and Australia. There are two species native to southern Africa. and an additional two species are cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Chrysophyllum gorungosanum

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique. See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Chrysophyllum viridifolium (Fluted milkwood)

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

Chrysophyllum cainito (Star-apple)

Native from Cuba to Puerto Rico.


Chrysophyllum oliviforme (Satin-leaf tree)

Native to Florida and the Carribean.