Swaziland's Flora Database:
Strychnos spinosa Lam. subsp. spinosa
(name current 2016)
Green Monkey Orange
Growth form: Tree
Found within protected areas
Swaziland distribution: widespread
Local abundance: occasional
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Strychnos spinosa - Umhlahla, Umkhwakhwa, Msala) Shrub or small tree, deciduous, branches and lateral short shoots often tapering to sharp point; axillary leafless spines often present. Leaves very variable in size, shape and hairiness, five-veined from near base of blade. Inflorescences terminating branchlets, with long space above top pair of leaves. Calyx faintly downy, c 6 mm long, deeply lobed. Corolla greenish-white, c 4 mm long, lobed to middle. Fruit green, becoming yellow, spherical, up to 9 cm diam, wall woody, rough or warty. Seeds several, embedded in pulp.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.
Included in Tree Atlas.