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This species is accepted, and its native range is SE. Kenya to Tanzania.

[FTEA]

Ebenaceae, F. White & B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1996

Morphology General Habit
Evergreen shrub or small tree 3-5 m. tall; young stems in life green later grey-brown.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves green and glossy above in life, drying brown, oblong, lanceolate or elliptic to obovate-oblanceolate, 9-28 cm. long, 3-11 cm. wide, obtuse to acuminate at the apex, rounded to cuneate at the base, glabrous and shiny above, glabrous beneath, subcoriaceous; lateral nerves ± 13, impressed in life,together with midrib prominent beneath; venation reticulate; petiole 1.5 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flowers sessile, 3-10 in axils of the upper leaves; calyx-tube urceolate, 5 mm. long, 4-toothed; calyx-teeth triangular, 3-5 mm. long, ± 2 mm. wide, recurved, the whole calyx densely golden-brown sericeous hairy outside; corolla white, funnel-shaped, 1-1.2 cm. long, silky outside, 4-lobed; corolla-lobes rounded-triangular, 5 mm. long, mucronate; staminodes 8-12, 2 mm. long; ovary spherical, 2-2.5 mm. diameter, adpressed silky hairy; styles 4, 2 mm. long.
sex Female
Female flowers sessile, 3-10 in axils of the upper leaves; calyx-tube urceolate, 5 mm. long, 4-toothed; calyx-teeth triangular, 3-5 mm. long, ± 2 mm. wide, recurved, the whole calyx densely golden-brown sericeous hairy outside; corolla white, funnel-shaped, 1-1.2 cm. long, silky outside, 4-lobed; corolla-lobes rounded-triangular, 5 mm. long, mucronate; staminodes 8-12, 2 mm. long; ovary spherical, 2-2.5 mm. diameter, adpressed silky hairy; styles 4, 2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit globose, 1.5 cm. diameter, adpressed brownish sericeous pilose, 8-locular, exserted from the calyx which is cup-shaped, 7 mm. long, 1.5 cm. wide, more densely pilose with broadly triangular lobes.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 8, black, shining, 1.2 cm. long.
Figures
Fig. 3/20.
Habitat
Rain-forest or ground-water forest; 250-500 m. and possibly up to 1700 m. (see note)
Distribution
K7 T3 T6 T7 (see note)

Native to:

Kenya, Tanzania

Diospyros amaniensis Gürke appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 46: 155 (1911)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2000). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS D: 1-30141.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Beentje, Kenya Trees, Shrubs and Lianas p. 446 (1994).
  • F. White in Bulletin du Jardin Botanique National de Belgique 58: 396 (1988).
  • Gürke in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 46: 155 (1911).
  • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 184 (1949).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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