Taxonomic revision of the cultivated species of Mimusops (Sapotaceae) in Egypt, with new records

Authors

  • Rim Hamdy Botany and Microbiology Department, Faculty of Science, Cairo University, Giza 12613, Egypt
  • Azza El-Hadidy Botany and Microbiology Department, Faculty of Science, Cairo University, Giza 12613, Egypt
  • Gehad Abd El-Mohsen Phytochemistry Lab, Applied Research Center for Medicinal Plant (NODCAR), Giza 12561, Egypt.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.24154/jhs.v17i2.1176

Keywords:

Cultivated - species, new records, Mimusops, Sapotoideae, Sapoteae, Taxonomy

Abstract

During the process of updating horticultural records of this genus in Egypt, five problems were identified: lack of publications, lack of clarity between species, numerous errors of identifications, loss of earlier documented records of identity, as well as, the introduction and cultivation of new plants during the 19th Century added to the complexity of the problem. In this study, the taxonomic aspects of genus Mimusops, were thoroughly studied to identify the most reliable characters for taxon delimitation. Our assessment was based on morphological characters representing habit, leaves, petioles, flowering pedicels, buds, floral parts, fruit and seed. Fieldwork have revealed the presence of four species, of which Mimusops kummel and M. zeyheri are new records. The latter species is represented in Egypt by M. zeyheri var. laurifolia. This variety has been neglected by many authors. Additionally, Mimusops elengi L. was believed to be cultivated in Egypt, but no materials have been encountered that could confirm it. The specimens earlier identified as M. elengi actually belong either to M. kummel or to M. laurifolia. A detailed description of the genus and species with photographs, an identification key, and synonymy for each taxon are provided.

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Published

2022-12-31

How to Cite

Hamdy, R., Azza El-Hadidy, & Gehad Abd El-Mohsen. (2022). Taxonomic revision of the cultivated species of Mimusops (Sapotaceae) in Egypt, with new records. Journal of Horticultural Sciences, 17(2), 505–519. https://doi.org/10.24154/jhs.v17i2.1176

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