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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Mimusops

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 40 species, native to Africa, Madagascar, Mascarenes, Seychelles, Asia and the Pacific. Four species are native to southern Africa and a further four 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.

Mimusops caffra (Coastal red milkwood)

See Flora of Mozambique.


Mimusops obovata (Bush red-milkwood)

See Flora of Mozambique.

Mimusops obtusifolia (Forest red milkwood)

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Mimusops zeyheri (Transvaal red milkwood)

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Mimusops balata

Native to Madagascar?


Mimusops commersonii (Varanto)

Native to Madagascar.


Mimusops elengi (Tanjong tree)

Native from southern India to Burma.


Mimusops fruiticosa (Round-fruited red milkwood)

Native to tropical Africa and Madagascar.



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.