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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. DR Congo to Botswana.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

Ebenaceae, F. White. Flora Zambesiaca 7:1. 1983

Morphology General Habit
Small, evergreen sclerophyllous tree 3–8(12) m. high, very rarely flowering as a shrub less than 1 m. high.
Morphology General Crown
Crown dense, rounded.
Morphology General Bark
Bark blackish, rough, deeply fissured.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves rigid, coriaceous, glossy above, pale glaucous–green beneath; lamina 6 x 2–12 x 4 cm., usually narrowly to broadly elliptic and rounded or subacute at both ends, but sometimes lanceolate or lanceolate–elliptic and acute at both ends; lower surface glabrous except for a few strigulose hairs; lateral nerves in about 7 pairs, indistinct above, subprominent beneath; venation indistinct.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 0·6 cm. long, cyathiform, with 4–6 very short, broadly deltate or rounded lobes, strigulose–tomentellous outside with blackish, upward–directed hairs.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla c. 1·4 cm. long, hypocrateriform, white and waxy inside, strigulose–tomentellous outside with blackish, downward–directed hairs; tube c. 1 cm. long, broadest at the middle, thickened and constricted inside at the throat; lobes 4–6, 0·4 x 0·3 cm., suborbicular.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 15–17, included, inserted on the receptacle, 0·6 cm. long; filaments c. 0–1 cm. long; anthers linear–apiculate, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistillodes
Pistillode represented by a tuft of glandular hairs.
sex Male
Pistillode represented by a tuft of glandular hairs. Corolla c. 1·4 cm. long, hypocrateriform, white and waxy inside, strigulose–tomentellous outside with blackish, downward–directed hairs; tube c. 1 cm. long, broadest at the middle, thickened and constricted inside at the throat; lobes 4–6, 0·4 x 0·3 cm., suborbicular. Stamens 15–17, included, inserted on the receptacle, 0·6 cm. long; filaments c. 0–1 cm. long; anthers linear–apiculate, glabrous. Male flowers rarely axillary, usually in subsessile clusters on the older branchlets and on branches up to 10 cm. in diameter, the persistent axes forming prominent coralloid bosses. Calyx 0·6 cm. long, cyathiform, with 4–6 very short, broadly deltate or rounded lobes, strigulose–tomentellous outside with blackish, upward–directed hairs.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flowers similar to the male in structure and position, but calyx more deeply lobed and corolla with broader tube and shorter lobes. Male flowers rarely axillary, usually in subsessile clusters on the older branchlets and on branches up to 10 cm. in diameter, the persistent axes forming prominent coralloid bosses.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts inconspicuous, up to 0·3 cm. long.
sex Female
Bracts inconspicuous, up to 0·3 cm. long. Staminodes 6–8, densely setulose, attached to base of corolla–tube. Female flowers similar to the male in structure and position, but calyx more deeply lobed and corolla with broader tube and shorter lobes. Ovary 0·5 x 0·5 cm., subglobose, merging into the short, stout style, strigulose–tomentellous; locules 6, styles 3, short; stigmatic lobes, large, fleshy, deeply and irregularly lobed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Staminodes
Staminodes 6–8, densely setulose, attached to base of corolla–tube.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary 0·5 x 0·5 cm., subglobose, merging into the short, stout style, strigulose–tomentellous; locules 6, styles 3, short; stigmatic lobes, large, fleshy, deeply and irregularly lobed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 5–6, c. 2 x 1 x 0·8 cm., endosperm smooth.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruiting calyx 0·5–0·6 cm. long, scarcely accrescent, patelliform. Fruit up to 4 cm. in diameter, obovoid or oblate, orange, tomentose when young with chocolate–brown or rufous appressed hairs, glabrescent in patches.

Native to:

Angola, Botswana, Caprivi Strip, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Diospyros batocana Hiern appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Brenan, J.P.M. [7713], Zambia 2514.000
Eyles, F. [8175], Zambia 2515.000
Kirk, J. [s.n.], Zambia K000350780 holotype
Codd, L.E. [7508], Angola K000317925
Pope, G. [2196], Zambia K000317926

First published in Trans. Cambridge Philos. Soc. 12: 174 (1873)

Accepted by

  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Govaerts, R. (2000). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS D: 1-30141.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Curtis, B. & Mannheimer, C. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia: 1-688. The National Botanical Research Institute, Windhoek.

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