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Bought this at Specks. Significantly different leaves to those in herbariums! Looks like M. bussei - or juvenile?


Photo by Paul Latham.


Photo from Aluka.


A big plant by Claude Boucher Chisale, Africanplants.senckenberg.de.

Author:  Gordon Parker DeWolf Jr, 1962
Family:  CAPPARACEAE
Origin:  Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Za´re, Zimbabwe
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  25 Centimetres
Height:  3 Meters
Flower:  Pale Yellow / White
Propagate:  Seeds/?
Names:  Sozwe Tree, Mutshalimela
Synonyms:  Courbonia edulis Gilg. & Gilg-Benedict, 1915.
Courbonia bussei
Gilg & Gilg-Ben.
Courbonia glauca
(Klotzsch) Gilg & Gilg-Ben.
Courbonia prunicarpa
Gilg & Gilg-Ben.
Courbonia calothamna
Gilg & Gilg-Ben.
Courbonia camporum
Gilg & Gilg-Ben.
Physanthemum glaucum
Klotzsch.
Maerua camporum, Gilg & Gilg-Ben.
Physanthemum glaucum,
Klotzsch.

This member of the Capparaceae family was given this name by Gordon Parker DeWolf in 1962. It is found in eastern Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water and some sun.  It will grow up to three meters height, and its flowers are pale yellow with white "tentacles".

"It is a shrub tree reach three meters high, give out flower which look like Capparis tomentosa flower. Fruit are edible to baboon, Olive race and Vervet monkey. Roots are used for purifying water: Peel out roots are put it in muddy water, and it will clear it. Found in northern Tanzania (Lake Manyara N P)". Vitalis Massay.

The genera name from the the plant's Arabic name: Meru. The species means 'eatable'.


The flower by Claude Boucher Chisale, Africanplants.senckenberg.de.