Wild Almond Overview
Genus termed monotypic as it only contains 1 tree or shrub species, Brabejum stellatifolium. This species is adapted to growing in thicket environments along stream banks in Southern Africa’s Western Cape and has a bushy growth habit. It produces leaves in whorls of 5-7 on long stems, these have coarse serrations on the edges. Flowers are borne on unbranched stems where the oldest flowers are formed at the base and new blooms from the tip as the plant grows. These are yellow-white and appear fluffy overall, leading onto woody, almond-shaped drupe fruits, with a velvety texture, these split to reveal the seeds.