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Scientific Name: Ancylobotrys capensis
Alternative Names: morobe (N. Sotho), umdongwe (Zulu)

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  • Perennial
  • Wild Apricot occurs naturally in northern KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, Limpopo, North-West and south-eastern Botswana.
  • The fragrant, hardy, wild apricot is a good substitute for Chinese jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum) whose scent fills the air in spring.
  • An added benefit is that you are rewarded with a harvest of juicy fruit later in the season.
  • Wild apricot, is a tangled, sprawling, multi-stemmed Southern African creeper with leathery leaves.
  • It is evergreen, often scrambling over rocks and other plants.
  • New growth is covered in velvety, reddish-brown hairs.
  • Flowers are fragrant, about 40mm diameter, brilliant white when open and pinkish in bud.
  • Without flowers or fruit, it is not attractive in its natural state.
  • If pruned back, especially in late summer, it can develop into an attractive bush.
  • A good choice for difficult rocky patches in a highveld garden.
  • It should be protected from frost in the cold months while young.
  • An established plant is frost-tolerant and will easily resprout from the underground parts.
  • It has a climbing habit but in the absence of supporting vegetation it can become an untidy bush - it can be pruned or allowed to grow into the surrounding plants.
  • The round fruit is up to 50mm in diameter, khaki-green when immature, turning bright orange or yellow when ripe.
  • The skin is thick, soft, brittle, and easily peeled.
  • 3-4 seeds are embedded in a sweet and tasty acidic pulp.

Culinary Uses

  • The fruit is edible, with a refreshing, tangy flavour and can be eaten fresh.
  • It is said to make a good brandy, jelly, jam and even vinegar.

Parts Used

  • The fruit.
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