Carissa bispinosa
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Genus: Carissa
C. bispinosa
Binomial name
Carissa bispinosa

Carissa bispinosa grows as a shrub or small tree up to 5 metres (16 ft) tall. Its fragrant flowers feature a white corolla. The fruit is red when ripe. Its habitat is woodland and forest from 1,080 m (3,540 ft) to 1,630 m (5,350 ft) altitude. Vernacular names for the plant include "forest num-num" and "Y-thorned carissa".[2]Carissa bispinosa is native an area from Uganda to South Africa.[1]


  1. ^ a b Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI).; IUCN SSC Global Tree Specialist Group (2020). "Carissa bispinosa". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2020: e.T146458080A146458082. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2020-2.RLTS.T146458080A146458082.en. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Carissa bispinosa". Flora of Zimbabwe. Retrieved 6 August 2013.

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