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This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya to Angola and S. Africa.
Diospyros lycioides

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Deciduous shrub or small tree up to 6 m. high, sometimes suffruticose.
Morphology Bole
Bole sometimes spinescent towards the base.
Morphology General Bark
Bark grey, ± smooth.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves chartaceous, drying dull dark brown or grey–green above, paler beneath; lamina 1·5 x 0·7–11 x 2·5 cm., obovate to oblanceolate, apex rounded to acute, base cuneate; lower surface sparsely to densely sericeous–pubescent, especially on the nerves; secondary nerves in 5–6 pairs.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx up to 0·8 cm. long, densely sericeous–pubescent, deeply cleft almost to the base; lobes 5, narrowly deltate or lanceolate–acuminate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla up to 1 cm. long, campanulate, widely open at the throat, densely strigulose outside, lobed to just below the middle; lobes 5, ovate–oblong, obtuse.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 10, 0·3–0·45 cm. long; filaments very short, glabrous; anthers narrowly lanceolate, apiculate, densely setose with long hairs at base of connective and shorter hairs along its length on both surfaces.
sex Male
Stamens 10, 0·3–0·45 cm. long; filaments very short, glabrous; anthers narrowly lanceolate, apiculate, densely setose with long hairs at base of connective and shorter hairs along its length on both surfaces. Pistillode similar to functional gynoecium but rudimentary ovary conoidal and styles not bifid and stigmatic at the apex. Calyx up to 0·8 cm. long, densely sericeous–pubescent, deeply cleft almost to the base; lobes 5, narrowly deltate or lanceolate–acuminate. Corolla up to 1 cm. long, campanulate, widely open at the throat, densely strigulose outside, lobed to just below the middle; lobes 5, ovate–oblong, obtuse. Male flowers solitary, axillary or in axils of reduced leaves towards base of current year’s shoot; pedicels 0·7–1·7 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistillodes
Pistillode similar to functional gynoecium but rudimentary ovary conoidal and styles not bifid and stigmatic at the apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flowers similar to male. Male flowers solitary, axillary or in axils of reduced leaves towards base of current year’s shoot; pedicels 0·7–1·7 cm. long.
sex Female
Female flowers similar to male. Staminodes 10, 0·1–0·2 cm. long, densely setose. Ovary subglobose, ridged, 0·25 x 0·25 cm., tomentellous; locules 6, 8 or 10; styles (3–4)5, common style puberulous, branches glabrous, ending in a shallowly bi–lobed stigma.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Staminodes
Staminodes 10, 0·1–0·2 cm. long, densely setose.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary subglobose, ridged, 0·25 x 0·25 cm., tomentellous; locules 6, 8 or 10; styles (3–4)5, common style puberulous, branches glabrous, ending in a shallowly bi–lobed stigma.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 1–6 or more, brown, up to 1·3 cm. long; endosperm smooth.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruiting calyx accrescent, up to 1·5 cm. long, lobes narrowly deltate, ultimately strongly reflexed. Fruit red, becoming black, ovoid or globose, apiculate, up to 2 x 1·5 cm., puberulous or glabrescent.
Cytology
Chromosome numbers: 2n = 30, 60.

Native to:

Angola, Botswana, Cape Provinces, Caprivi Strip, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Diospyros lycioides Desf. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1972 Yalala, A.M. [405], Botswana K000511147
Jan 1, 1972 Lambrecht, F.L. [385], Botswana K000511148
Apr 1, 1961 Gay, J. [s.n.], South Africa K000350834 lectotype
Owan, M. [1646], South Africa K000350835
Plant [s.n.], South Africa K000379567
Brown, R.C. [6733], Botswana K000511149
Brown, R.C. [6733], Botswana K000511150

First published in Ann. Mus. Hist. Nat. 6: 448 (1805)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2000). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS D: 1-30141.
  • Mannheimer, C.A. & Curtis, B.A. (eds.) (2009). Le Roux and Müller's field guide to the trees and shrubs of Namibia, rev. ed.: 1-525. Macmillan Education Namibia, Windhoek.

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