Niemeyera prunifera (Sapotaceae)

Niemeyera prunifera

Was at Julatten a whiles back when I sighted this little tree which at first glance reminded me of some species of the nutmeg family. The leaves are alternately arranged and it had very brown hairy stems, particularly on the newer shoots. Fortunately it was in flower, which allowed me key this species out with greater ease.

Niemeyera prunifera

Having a fruit helped as well. The little fruit was reminiscent of the edible sapodilla.

Niemeyera prunifera

The plant had a mouthful of a name. I suppose it should be pronounced as ‘Ni-e-me-ye-ra’.

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Underside of leaves. Note the rusty brown hairs

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About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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