Dovyalis caffraTree Number: 507
The flowers of this thorny tree are creamy green. Male flowers are 3 mm long in dense clusters of 5-10 flowers. Female flowers are found in groups of up to three on stalks 4-10 mm long in leaf axils. The fruits are up to 60 mm in diameter and are yellowish-orange in colour.
Insects and birds play a very important role in pollinating this tree. Birds such as the louries and the black-eyed bulbuls love the fruits of a Dovyalis caffra, which are delicious. By eating the fruits, birds also help to distribute the seeds.
The tasty, slightly acidic fruit is rich in vitamin C and can be made into tasty jams and jellies.