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This species is accepted, and its native range is Somalia to Mozambique.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FSOM]

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

Morphology General Habit
Much and stiffly branched erect evergreen shrub or small bushy tree 1.5–7(–9) m tall, with fairly dense irregular crown
Morphology General Bark
Bark grey to black, smooth, scaly or rough and longitudinally furrowed
Morphology Leaves
Leaves drying pale brown or yellowish brown, often wilted on the tree or wilting soon after picking and consequently in herbarium specimens usually revolute or undulate at the margin; petiole 3–4 mm long; blade elliptic or obovate, 2.5–10.3 x 1.2–6 cm, cuneate to rounded at the base, mostly subacute to subacuminate but sometimes broadly rounded or emarginate at the apex, glossy above, glabrous beneath; lateral nerves in 5–9(–10) pairs, indistinct
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flowers solitary or in pairs in leaf-axils and axils of fallen leaves, subsessile; calyx c. 7 mm long, minutely puberulous outside; calyx-tube cup-shaped, c. 4 mm long; calyx-lobes 4(–6), reduplicate and alternating with slightly decurrent sinuses Male flowers 1–3 together in leaf-axils and axils of fallen leaves; pedicels 1–3 mm long; calyx 4 mm long, minutely puberulous outside; corolla white, campanulate, c. 8 mm long; corolla-tube 4 mm long and wide; corolla-lobes 4, semiorbicular, 4 x 5 mm; stamens 20–30, c. 3 mm long, glabrous; filaments cream, c. 0.5 mm long; anthers pale yellow, lanceolate, c. 2 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla white, becoming creamy white, eventually turning brown, falling at a touch when open, funnel-shaped, c. 8 mm long, minutely puberulous outside; corolla-tube c. 4 mm. long, c. 2 mm wide below, expanded above; corolla-lobes 4(–6), rounded, c. 4 x 4 mm; staminodes 10–15, c. 3 mm long, glabrous, attached to the corolla-tube and blocking the throat; ovary c. 2 x 2 mm, 6–8-celled, minutely puberulous; styles 3–4, c. 3 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit greenish yellow or yellow, globose, 1.5 cm in diam., glabrous, slightly to very sticky and glossy, with fruiting calyx up to 1.2 cm long, frilled and held at right-angles to the fruit, and distinctly to indistinctly lobed, the lobes up to 1.3 cm wide
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 6–8 or fewer by abortion, very dark brown, c. 1.2 x 0.6 x 0.4 cm.
Distribution
S1, 3; Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique
Ecology
Altitude range 35–400 m.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Much and stiffly branched erect evergreen shrub or small bushy tree 1.5-7(-9) m. tall, with fairly dense irregular crown; sometimes ± scandent inT8; bark grey to black, smooth, scaly or rough and longitudinally furrowed; heartwood said to be black.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves drying pale brown or yellowish brown, often wilted on the tree or wilting soon after picking and consequently in herbarium specimens usually revolute or undulate at the margin, elliptic or obovate, 2.5-10.3 cm. long, 1.2-6 cm. wide, mostly subacute to subacuminate at the apex but sometimes broadly rounded or emarginate, cuneate to rounded at the base, glossy above, glabrous beneath; lateral nerves in 5-9(-10) pairs, indistinct; petiole 3-4 mm. long.
sex Male
Male flowers 1-3 together in leaf-axils and axils of fallen leaves; pedicels 1-3 mm. long; calyx 4 mm. long, minutely puberulous outside; corolla white, campanulate, ± 8 mm. long; corolla-tube 4 mm. long and wide; corolla-lobes 4, semiorbicular, 4 mm. long, 5 mm. wide; stamens ± 20-30, 3 mm. long, glabrous; filaments cream, 0.5 mm. long; anthers paleyellow, lanceolate, 2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flowers solitary or in pairs in leaf-axils and in axils of fallen leaves, subsessile; calyx 7 mm. long, minutely puberulous outside; calyx-tube cup-shaped, 4 mm. long; calyx-lobes 4(-6), reduplicate and alternating with slightly decurrent sinuses; corolla white, becoming creamy white, eventually turning brown, falling at a touch when open, funnel-shaped, 8 mm. long, minutely puberulous outside; corolla-tube 4 mm. long, 2 mm. wide below, expanded above; corolla-lobes 4(-6), ± round, 4 mm. long and wide; staminodes ± 10-15, 3 mm. long, glabrous, attached to the corolla-tube and blocking the throat; ovary 2 mm. long and wide, minutely puberulous; styles 3-4, 3 mm. long; locules 6-8. Male flowers 1-3 together in leaf-axils and axils of fallen leaves; pedicels 1-3 mm. long; calyx 4 mm. long, minutely puberulous outside; corolla white, campanulate, ± 8 mm. long; corolla-tube 4 mm. long and wide; corolla-lobes 4, semiorbicular, 4 mm. long, 5 mm. wide; stamens ± 20-30, 3 mm. long, glabrous; filaments cream, 0.5 mm. long; anthers paleyellow, lanceolate, 2 mm. long.
sex Female
Female flowers solitary or in pairs in leaf-axils and in axils of fallen leaves, subsessile; calyx 7 mm. long, minutely puberulous outside; calyx-tube cup-shaped, 4 mm. long; calyx-lobes 4(-6), reduplicate and alternating with slightly decurrent sinuses; corolla white, becoming creamy white, eventually turning brown, falling at a touch when open, funnel-shaped, 8 mm. long, minutely puberulous outside; corolla-tube 4 mm. long, 2 mm. wide below, expanded above; corolla-lobes 4(-6), ± round, 4 mm. long and wide; staminodes ± 10-15, 3 mm. long, glabrous, attached to the corolla-tube and blocking the throat; ovary 2 mm. long and wide, minutely puberulous; styles 3-4, 3 mm. long; locules 6-8.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit greenish yellow or yellow, globose, 1.5 cm. diameter, glabrous, slightly to very sticky and glossy, with fruiting calyx up to 1.2 cm. long, frilled and held at right-angles to the fruit, and distinctly to indistinctly lobed, the lobes up to 1.3 cm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 6-8 or fewer by abortion, very dark brown, 1.2 cm. long, 6 mm. wide, 4 mm. thick.
Figures
Fig. 2/4.
Habitat
Semi-evergreen or evergreen dry forest, thicket or woodland, often on very rocky slopes, Acacia woodland on black soil, Brachystegia woodland, coastal evergreen forest and Avicennia mangrove swamp/coastal bushland interface; 0-950(-1000) m.
Distribution
K4 K6 K7 P T3 T6 T8 Z

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Much and stiffly branched, erect evergreen shrub or small bushy tree up to 7 (9) m. tall.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves subcoriaceous, drying pale brown or yellowish–brown, often wilted on the tree or wilting soon after picking, and consequently in herbarium specimens usually with revolute or undulate margins; lamina 4·5 x 2·5–1·0 x 4·5 cm., elliptic or obovate, apex usually subacute to subacuminate, sometimes broadly rounded or emarginate; lower surface glabrous, lateral nerves in 5–9 pairs, indistinct.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens c. 30, 0·3 cm. long, glabrous; filaments 0·05 cm. long.
sex Male
Stamens c. 30, 0·3 cm. long, glabrous; filaments 0·05 cm. long. Calyx c. 0·4 cm. long, minutely puberulous outside. Corolla c. 0·8 cm. long, campanulate; tube no longer than the calyx, 0·4–0·4 cm.; lobes 4, 0·4 x 0·5 cm., hemi–orbicular. Male flowers 1–3 together in leaf–axils and in axils of fallen leaves; pedicels 0·1–0·3 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flowers solitary or in pairs in leaf axils and in axils of fallen leaves, subsessile. Male flowers 1–3 together in leaf–axils and in axils of fallen leaves; pedicels 0·1–0·3 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx c. 0·7 cm. long, minutely puberulous outside, tube cup–shaped, 0·4 cm. long; lobes 4(6), reduplicate and alternating with slightly decurrent sinuses. Calyx c. 0·4 cm. long, minutely puberulous outside.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla c. 0·8 cm. long, infundibuliform; minutely puberulous outside; tube 0·4 cm. long, 0·2 cm. wide below, expanded above; lobes 4(–6), 0·4 x 0·4 cm., suborbicular. Corolla c. 0·8 cm. long, campanulate; tube no longer than the calyx, 0·4–0·4 cm.; lobes 4, 0·4 x 0·5 cm., hemi–orbicular.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Staminodes
Staminodes c. 15, 0·3 cm. long, glabrous, attached to the corolla–tube, exserted and blocking the throat.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary 0·2 x 0·2 cm., minutely puberulous; styles 3–4, 0·3 cm. long; locules 6–8.
sex Female
Ovary 0·2 x 0·2 cm., minutely puberulous; styles 3–4, 0·3 cm. long; locules 6–8. Corolla c. 0·8 cm. long, infundibuliform; minutely puberulous outside; tube 0·4 cm. long, 0·2 cm. wide below, expanded above; lobes 4(–6), 0·4 x 0·4 cm., suborbicular. Staminodes c. 15, 0·3 cm. long, glabrous, attached to the corolla–tube, exserted and blocking the throat. Female flowers solitary or in pairs in leaf axils and in axils of fallen leaves, subsessile. Calyx c. 0·7 cm. long, minutely puberulous outside, tube cup–shaped, 0·4 cm. long; lobes 4(6), reduplicate and alternating with slightly decurrent sinuses.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 6 or 8 or fewer by abortion, 1·2 x 0·6 x 0·4 cm., very dark brown.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruiting calyx up to 1–2 cm. long, indistinctly lobed. Fruit c. 1·5 x 1·5 cm., globose, glabrous.

Native to:

Kenya, Mozambique, Somalia, Tanzania

Diospyros consolatae Chiov. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Feb 1, 1995 Vaughan, J.H. [699], Tanzania K000350730 Unknown type material
Feb 1, 1995 Faulkner, H.G. [2809], Tanzania K000720195

First published in Racc. Bot.: 77 (1935)

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

  • Beentje, Kenya Trees, Shrubs and Lianas p. 446 (1994).
  • Chiov., Racc. Bot. Miss. Consol. Kenya: 77 (Mar. 1935).
  • F. White in Bulletin du Jardin Botanique National de Belgique 58: 353, fig. 11/1-10 (1988).
  • F. White in Flora Zambesiaca 7(1): 257 (1983)
  • Vollesen in Opera Bot. 59: 31 (1980).

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Flora of Somalia
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