Soccerball Fruit

Tabernaemontana strapfiana

Tabernaemontana strapfiana Nairobi, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed at Nairobi National Park, Kenya, October 2016.

This medium sized tree from upland areas of Kenya has large, simple opposite leaves that exude white sap when torn. The white flowers with yellowish centers are pinwheel-shaped with five lobes. The fruit (not shown here) is large, suggesting a soccerball.

Tabernaemontana strapfiana, Nairobi, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens  Tabernaemontana photo © Michael Plagens

Apocynaceae -- Dogbane Family

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 25 Nov. 2016