Mimusops L.
  • Sp. Pl. 1: 349. 1753. (1 May 1753)
  • [Greek mimo, ape, and ops, face, alluding to appearance of flower]


Cite taxon page as 'WFO (2021): Mimusops L. Published on the Internet;http://www.worldfloraonline.org/taxon/wfo-4000024338. Accessed on: 16 Oct 2021'

General Information

Trees [shrubs]. Stems not armed, glabrate or hairy. Leaves persistent, alternate; stipules caducous; petiole present; blade: base rounded, cuneate, or attenuate, apex rounded, retuse, acute, or acuminate to cuspidate, surfaces glabrous or glabrate [hairy] abaxially, usually glabrous adaxially. Inflorescences fascicles or solitary flowers. Flowers: sepals 8 in 2 whorls of 4, outer valvate, larger, inner imbricate, [glabrate] densely hairy abaxially; petals (7-)8, white to yellow or pink, glabrous or hairy, lobes longer than corolla tube, each divided into 1 median and 2 lateral segments, median segment equaling or longer than laterals; stamens (7-)8, distinct distal to corolla tube; staminodes (7-)8, alternating with stamens, inflexed, petaloid, lanceolate, hairy; pistil (7-)8-carpellate; ovary (7-)8-locular, hairy; placentation basal or basiventral. Berries yellow to orange, subglobose, [glabrous] glabrate. Seeds 1[-6], [buff] brown to black, laterally compressed; hilum circular [elliptic]; embryo vertical; endosperm present. x = 12.

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    Morphology

    Seeds ± ellipsoid, laterally compressed, with hard, highly polished testa; scar small, subcircular, basal or basi–lateral; endosperm abundant, cotyledons thin.

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    Ovary shortly cylindrical or subglobose, ribbed, 8–locular, densely brownish appressed–pubescent; style cylindrical, ± truncate.

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    Fruits baccate, fleshy to ± coriaceous, sometimes edible, 1–several–seeded, with persistent calyx at base.

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    Stamens 8, opposing median segments, adnate to corolla tube; anthers extrorse, apiculate.

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    Staminodes 8, alternating with stamens, triangular, dorsally and marginally pilose, bending into the centre of the flower to form a conical sheath round the gynoecium.

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    Corolla of 8 members joined in a short tube; each member comprising a median and two lateral segments, the latter usually entire, sometimes further divided.

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    Sepals 8, in two slightly dissimilar whorls of 4, ± free; inner sepals smaller and paler than outer, and with ciliate margins.

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    Flowers borne in axils of current leaves, pedicellate.

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    Leaves exstipulate (or stipules soon caducous), thinly to strongly coriaceous, not clustered at ends of branches.

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    Trees and shrubs.

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    Stamens 8, epipetalous; anther dehiscence extrorse

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    Corolla of 8 members, fused into a short basal tube, upper parts further subdivided into three segments giving 24 linear segments per flower

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    Ovary usually 8-locular; ovules solitary, anatropous, with basal attachment

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    Staminodes 8, alternating with stamens, usually simple, narrowly lanceolate or ligulate, densely pilose externally and along margins

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    Seeds ± ellipsoid, laterally compressed; testa horny and polished; scar ± basal to basi-ventral, usually (probably always in East Africa) small and scarcely longer than broad; abundant endosperm present; cotyledons flattened and foliaceous.

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    Fruit baccate, fleshy to ± coriaceous, 1-several-seeded, calyx persisting at base

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    Sepals 8, arranged in two dissimilar whorls of 4, ± free or slightly fused at base; inner sepals smaller and paler in colour than outer

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    Flowers usually in axils of current leaves, pedicellate

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    Leaf-lamina frequently elliptic to obovate; upper surface often glossy, lower surface practically glabrous or pubescent in young leaves; midrib raised, primary lateral nerves finely raised on both surfaces, secondary lateral nerves inconspicuous, venation reticulate

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    Stipules caducous

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    Trees or shrubs

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    Other Local Names

    NameLanguageCountry
    [Greek mimo, ape, and ops, face, alluding to appearance of flower]

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    Flora of North America @ efloras.org
    http://www.efloras.org/flora_page.aspx?flora_id=1
    'Flora of North America @ eFloras (2008). Published on the Internet http://www.efloras.org/flora_page.aspx?flora_id=1 [accessed August 2016]' Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
    • B Flora of North America Association
    Plants Of the World Online Portal - FTEA
    https://www.kew.org/science/who-we-are-and-what-we-do/strategic-outputs-2020/plants-of-the-world-online
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    • C
    Sapotaceae
    • D CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).
    World Flora Online consortium
    http://www.worldfloraonline.org/organisation/WFO
    World Flora Online Data. 2018.
    • E CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).