Abstract: Apatite in most igneous intrusions has a high Cl/F ratio. However, chlor-apatite has been reported in the lower portions of the Bushveld and Stillwater Complexes. This has been used as evidence supporting the early separation of a Cl-rich discrete hydrous fluid in these intrusions. Mineralogical evidence is presented here to demonstrate that the Bushveld Complex, at least, formed from a nearly anhydrous magma, and did not release a hydrous fluid before apatite began to crystallize. It is suggested that apatite in the earliest cumulates equilibrated with trapped interstitial liquid, which converted it from the typical F-rich composition of cumulus apatite to a Cl-rich composition. This is an analogous process to that in which cumulus mafic minerals may become more Fe-rich on cooling and reaction with interstitial liquid.