Thorn Pear

Scolopia zeyheri

Thorn Pear, Scolopia zeyheri, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed at Eldoret, Kenya. April 2013.

leaf and thorn of Scolopia zeyheri, photo © Michael Plagens

Woody shrub, sometimes very large, has stout thorns arising at the leaf axils. The shiny green leaves have scalloped-toothed margins and are alternate on the stems. Leaf shape elyptical to almost round. Fruits are small, less than 1 cm in diameter and yellow when ripe. Until recently this plant was catagorized into the family Flacourtiaceae.

Salicaceae -- Willow Family

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Kenya Natural History

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