Diospyros chamaethamnus Mildbr.

First published in Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin-Dahlem 15: 757 (1942)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is Zambia to NE. Namibia. It is a subshrub and grows primarily in the desert or dry shrubland biome.

Descriptions

Extinction risk predictions for the world's flowering plants to support their conservation (2024). Bachman, S.P., Brown, M.J.M., Leão, T.C.C., Lughadha, E.N., Walker, B.E. https://nph.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/nph.19592

Conservation
Predicted extinction risk: not threatened. Confidence: confident
[AERP]

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

Morphology General Habit
Rhizomatous suffrutex forming extensive colonies up to several metres across.
Morphology Stem
Stems usually unbranched and less than 30 cm. high, but in the absence of fire up to 45 cm. high and sometimes sparsely branched.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves similar to those of D. batocana but often much smaller.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers subsessile, usually in clusters of 1–7 in the axils of leaves or reduced scale leaves, or, on second–year shoots, in the axils of fallen leaves, similar in structure to those of D. batocana but much larger and of different proportions, and the female flowers with conspicuous bracts. Female flowers with several conspicuous bracts at the base up to 0·6 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Male flowers: Calyx 1·3 cm. long, fulvous–tomentose, lobes c. 0·6–0·7 cm. long. Calyx 1–1·5 cm. long, fulvous–tomentose; lobes 0–5–0–8 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla c. 1·6 cm. long, lobes 0·8 x 0·6 cm. Corolla 1·8 cm. long, lobes 0·7 cm. long.
sex Male
Corolla c. 1·6 cm. long, lobes 0·8 x 0·6 cm. Male flowers: Calyx 1·3 cm. long, fulvous–tomentose, lobes c. 0·6–0·7 cm. long.
sex Female
Corolla 1·8 cm. long, lobes 0·7 cm. long. Female flowers with several conspicuous bracts at the base up to 0·6 cm. long. Calyx 1–1·5 cm. long, fulvous–tomentose; lobes 0–5–0–8 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit subglobose, c. 3·5 x 3·5 cm., fulvous–tomentose, at least when young.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 6, mature seeds unknown.
[FZ]

Sources

  • Angiosperm Extinction Risk Predictions v1

    • Angiosperm Threat Predictions
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  • Flora Zambesiaca

    • Flora Zambesiaca
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  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

    • Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2023 World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2023 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0