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Genus: Carissa (num-nums)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid I > Order: Gentianales > Family: Apocynaceae > Subfamily: Plumerioideae

About 20 species, native to Africa, Madagascar, the Mascarenes, Asia and Australia, with five species native to southern Africa.

Species in southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Carissa bispinosa (Forest num-num)

See Flora of Zimbabwe.

Carissa edulis

See Flora of Zimbabwe.

Carissa haematocarpa


Carissa macrocarpa (Big num-num, Amatungulu)

[= Carissa praetermissa]

Carissa tetramera

See Flora of Zimbabwe.



Lophostethus dumolinii (Arrow Sphinx Hawkmoth). Caterpillars recorded eating leaves of Carissa macrocarpa

Apocanaceae < Lepidoptera < Sphingidae (hawkmoths)


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