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

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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