Sp. Pl. 1: 512. 1753.


Gen. Pl. ed. 5, 228. 1754.

Common names: Mammee- or mamey-apple
Etymology: Latin mamma, breast or teat, alluding to fruit
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 6. Treatment on page 65. Mentioned on page 64.

Trees, glabrous, without stilt or loop roots. Stems terete. Leaves: petiole caniculate, without adaxial protuberance; blade coriaceous, venation closely pinnate, without clear submarginal vein, with tertiary venation prominent between lateral veins, with glandular dots in areoles. Inflorescences fasciculate or flowers solitary; peduncle absent; bracts absent. Flowers bisexual or unisexual, stellate; sepals persistent, 2(or 3), completely connate in bud, splitting into 2 irregular valves; stamens not fascicled; style thick, very short. Fruits baccate; pericarp firm, rough. Seeds 2–4. x = 16.


Introduced; Fla., Mexico, West Indies, Central America, South America, Asia, Africa, Indian Ocean Islands (Madagascar), Pacific Islands (New Caledonia), Australia.


Mammea includes two species in Central America, three in Africa, and the rest in Madagascar and Australia, and the Pacific Islands, including New Caledonia.

Species ca. 75 (1 in the flora).

Selected References


Lower Taxa

... more about "Mammea"
Norman K. B. Robson +
Linnaeus +
Mammee- or mamey-apple +
Fla. +, Mexico +, West Indies +, Central America +, South America +, Asia +, Africa +, Indian Ocean Islands (Madagascar) +, Pacific Islands (New Caledonia) +  and Australia. +
Latin mamma, breast or teat, alluding to fruit +
Sp. Pl. +  and Gen. Pl. ed. +
1753 +  and 1754 +
Introduced +
Calophyllaceae +