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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Pouteria

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 50 species, native to tropical regions. One species is native to southern Africa and four species are cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Flora of Zimbabwe.

Pouteria adolfi-friedericii

Recorded from Zimbabwe. See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Pouteria campechiana (Canistel, Zapote blanco, Zapote de Niņo)

Native from Mexico to Panama.


Pouteria dominigensis (Sapote culebra, Sapotillo)

Native to Florida and the Caribbean.


Pouteria multiflora (Bully tree)

Native from Puerto Rico to Peru.


Pouteria sapota (Mamey sapote, Mamey apple)

Native from Mexico to Nicaragua.



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