Morethema

Dovyalis zeyheri

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Cythna Letty illustration in Flowering Plants of Africa.
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This is a tree with a most unusual and apparently unexplained feature. At certain times of the year the leaves emit a smell resembling that of carrion. It can be quite strong at times and could lead to a search for a dead animal in the vicinity. It is quite hard to believe that it is coming from a tree!

Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring, Summer

Special features

Attracts birds

Drought resistant

Pot plant

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil type

Sand, Clay, Loam

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Personality

Family

Salicaceae

Flower colour

Green

Credits

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Dovyalis zeyheri by Alice Aubrey & Moeketsi Letsela, Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, April 2002 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)