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Portulacaria afra Jacq., Collectanea 1: 160, t. 22.1786.

Eng.: Speckboom, Elephant's food.

Glabrous shrubs, 4 - 5 m high. Leaves obovate-roundish, entire, 1.5 - 2 cm long, thick, fleshy. Flowers clustered on short shoots, ca 5 mm across, rose-pink, pedicels short. Fruits 3-angled, 1-seeded.

Introduced in gardens of India for hedges and borders.

Native of South Africa.

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