Planchonella obovata (Sapotaceae)

Pouteria obovata

A very attractive coastal forest tree, P. obovata is known by a number of infuriatingly poorly descriptive common names such as Yellow Boxwood, Black Ash and Yellow Teak. This tree can be recognized by the combination of the coastal forest or back mangrove habitat, it’s obovate leaves (meaning the leaves are wider towards the end), and the presence of white sap when tissues are bruised. Note however, that the leaves are variable in size and width and can appear rather narrow and almost like a spathula in some instances. The leaf undersides also have a somewhat glazed silvery sheen, especially in younger leaves. This character also shows when the leaves are pressed and dried. When flowering or fruiting, this tree should be unmistakable. The flowers are small and white and are are arranged in clusters around the stems. I think this tree might have good potential for ornamental planting, especially if kept small.

This species was previously known as Pouteria obovata

Pouteria obovata

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About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I have had the opportunity to dabble various aspects of the study of plants. I have peered into bryology, sniffed palynology, experienced various aspects of orchidology, challenged dendrochronology, monitored phenology and am currently mired in ecology. Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, an appreciative botanist!
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