Dumoria heckelii, Mimusops heckelii
FWTA 2: 21
Versteegh 818 (WAG); de Wilde 3689 (WAG)
An emergent tree of the rainforest, to 50 m tall and 200 cm Ø. The base of the tree has very heavy, spreading root swellings, narrow buttresses or butt flares. The base is often swollen, perhaps because elephants like to rub their skin against the rough bark. Bark very dark, deeply grooved. Slash fairly thick, fibrous but brittle, red but more pink close to the cambium, exuding a sticky white latex. Leaves simple, alternate, clustered, with numerous laterals, indistinct or slightly raised beneath. Fruit a large, smooth berry, yellow when ripe, 8 – 10 x 5 – 8 cm, containing 1 – 3 seeds in a yellowish pulp; seeds partly smooth, partly knobbly. The fruits are eaten by elephants who thus distribute the seeds. See also PROTA database. Syn.: Dumoria heckelii/Mimusops heckelii.