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

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Evergreen tree (2.5–)7.5–15(–18) m tall, with black or dark blackish grey very rough bark with deep longitudinal fissures; crown rounded; branchlets whitish grey or blackish, rugose and striate, the young shoots rusty tomentose; wood red
Morphology Leaves
Petiole 3–5 mm long; blade drying dark grey above, brown beneath, elliptic or oblong-elliptic, less often narrowly oblong (in Somalia), 2–8.5 x 1–3.7 cm, rounded at the base, obtuse at the apex, at first ferrugineous pubescent but soon glabrous and shiny above, rusty pubescent beneath with more or less persistent curled hairs; midrib (and venation to some extent) impressed above, prominent beneath
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flowers solitary or several together; pedicels c. 2 mm long; calyx c. 5 mm long, densely ferruginous hairy inside and out, 4-lobed; calyx-lobes triangular with margins soon folded back; corolla brown outside, greenish inside, 5–6 mm long Male flowers sweetly scented, solitary or paired on young shoots; calyx densely appressed silky outside; calyx-tube c. 1 mm long; calyx-lobes 4, triangular, c. 2 x 1.5 mm; corolla creamy-yellow or cream, urceolate, c. 8 mm long, c. 4 mm wide near base, leathery, very shortly 4-lobed; corolla-lobes rounded, c. 1 x 1.5 mm, densely appressed silky hairy outside, glabrous inside; stamens 12, basal; filaments subulate, 1–2 mm long; anthers linear, c. 3 mm long; rudimentary ovary absent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit yellow, globose or ellipsoid to globose-ovoid, 2–2.8 x 1.7–2.5 cm, fleshy, densely appressed silky ferruginous, later glabrous, shiny and rugulose; fruiting calyx corrugated and folded, persistently ferruginous pubescent on both sides, the lobes 8 x 7 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds dark brown, compressed-oblong, 1.1–1.5 x 0.6–0.7 cm, rounded on outer edge and angular on inner or ± rounded on both, shiny, rugulose.
Distribution
C2; S1–3; Kenya, Tanzania
Ecology
Altitude range 20–300(–480) m.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Evergreen tree (2.5-)7.5-15(-18) m. tall, with black or dark blackish grey very rough bark with deep longitudinal fissures; crown rounded or ‘ bushy, spreading’; branchlets whitish grey or blackish, rugose and striate, the young shoots rusty tomentose; wood red.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves drying dark grey above, brown beneath, elliptic or oblong-elliptic, less often narrowly oblong (in Somalia), 2-8.5 cm. long, 1-3.7 cm. wide, obtuse at the apex, rounded at the base, at first ferruginous pubescent but soon glabrous and shiny above, rusty pubescent beneath with ± persistent curled hairs; midrib (and venation to some extent) impressed above, prominent beneath; petiole 3-5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Male flowers sweetly scented, solitary or paired on young shoots; calyx densely adpressed silky outside; calyx-tube ± 1 mm. long; calyx-lobes 4, triangular, 2 mm. long, 1.5 mm. wide; corolla creamy-yellow or cream, urceolate, 8 mm. long, 4 mm. wide near base, coriaceous, very shortly 4-lobed; corolla-lobes rounded, 1 mm. long, 1.5 mm. wide, densely adpressed silky hairy outside, glabrous inside; stamens 12, basal; filaments subulate, 1-2 mm. long; anthers linear, 3 mm. long; rudimentary ovary absent. Female flowers solitary or several together; pedicels ± 2 mm. long; calyx 5 mm. long, densely ferruginous hairy inside and out, 4-lobed; calyx-lobes triangular with margins soon folded back; corolla brown outside, greenish inside, 5-6 mm. long.
sex Male
Male flowers sweetly scented, solitary or paired on young shoots; calyx densely adpressed silky outside; calyx-tube ± 1 mm. long; calyx-lobes 4, triangular, 2 mm. long, 1.5 mm. wide; corolla creamy-yellow or cream, urceolate, 8 mm. long, 4 mm. wide near base, coriaceous, very shortly 4-lobed; corolla-lobes rounded, 1 mm. long, 1.5 mm. wide, densely adpressed silky hairy outside, glabrous inside; stamens 12, basal; filaments subulate, 1-2 mm. long; anthers linear, 3 mm. long; rudimentary ovary absent.
sex Female
Female flowers solitary or several together; pedicels ± 2 mm. long; calyx 5 mm. long, densely ferruginous hairy inside and out, 4-lobed; calyx-lobes triangular with margins soon folded back; corolla brown outside, greenish inside, 5-6 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit yellow, globose or ellipsoid to globose-ovoid, 2-2.8 cm. long, 1.7-2.5 cm. wide, fleshy, densely adpressed silky ferruginous, later glabrous, shiny and rugulose; fruiting calyx corrugated and folded, persistently ferruginous pubescent on both sides, the lobes 8 mm. long, 7 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds dark brown, compressed-oblong, 1.1-1.5 cm. long, 6-7 mm. wide, rounded on outer edge and angular on inner or ± rounded on both, shiny, rugulose.
Figures
Fig. 3/26.
Habitat
Acacia-Commiphora woodland, Newtonia-Dobera ‘ forest’ fringe by sandy river, semi-evergreen scrub-forest, wet wooded grassland and bushland, sometimes on termite mounds; 0-600 m.
Distribution
K1 K4 K7 T3 T6 T8

Native to:

Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania

Diospyros bussei Gürke appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 46: 158 (1911)

Accepted by

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

Literature

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 3, (2006) Author: by I. Friis [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Gürke in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 46: 158 (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 Somalia
Flora of Somalia
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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
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