This plant was seen in Cyprus a few days ago and my girlfriend was wondering what it is.

Is anyone able to identify it please?

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This seems to be Carissa Macrocarpa, commonly known as Natal plum, or another related species. If one searches for common plants in Cyprus, it does come up easily. I am guessing that the climate in Cyprus is very similar to its native south african Eastern Cape and that's why it's been introduced as a landscaping plant.

But just as with the introduced and now invasive giant hogweed it is somewhat of a hazard, although to a much lesser degree, as the whole plant is poisonous except for the fruit (as long as they are ripe).

Some of the prominent identifying features:

  • Characteristic spines/thorns
  • White flowers
  • Large oblong/egg shaped fruit
  • Glossy leaves

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  • Looks right to me. It's not native to Cyprus, but the plant pictured was obviously planted there. Could have been brought in just because it was a pretty plant that worked with the climate.
    – ShemSeger
    Aug 29, 2018 at 16:11
  • It's a plant that tolerates saline wind and the Mediterranean climate isn't that far from the South African Cape climate so I'm entirely sure this plant could thrive there.
    – Gabriel
    Aug 29, 2018 at 17:12
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    You might get more upvotes with pictures.
    – ShemSeger
    Aug 29, 2018 at 17:20
  • That does look very similar. As you say the flowers, plums and leaf shapes all match.
    – Tim B
    Aug 29, 2018 at 19:00
  • My girlfriend says "That describes this plant exactly! Thank you! X"
    – Tim B
    Aug 29, 2018 at 19:09

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