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This species is accepted, and its native range is Mozambique to KwaZulu-Natal.

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Evergreen shrub or rigidly branched tree with wide–spreading branches, 2–8 (11) m. tall.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves coriaceous, drying pale brown or greenish–brown; lamina 3 x 2·6–4·5 x 3·8 cm., suborbicular or orbicular, apex broadly rounded to subtruncate, margin recurved; lower surface glabrous; lateral nerves in c. 5 pairs, indistinct.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens c. 30, 0·3–0·4 cm. long, glabrous; filaments c. 0·1 cm. long.
sex Male
Stamens c. 30, 0·3–0·4 cm. long, glabrous; filaments c. 0·1 cm. long. Calyx 0·3–0·5 cm. long, minutely puberulous outside. Corolla 0·9–1·3 cm. long, campanulate; tube much longer than the calyx, 0·6 x 0·4–0·7 x 0·5 cm., widely open at the throat; lobes 4–6, up to 0·6 x 0·45 cm., broadly Ungulate, spreading. Male flowers solitary in leaf–axils and in axils of fallen leaves; pedicels 0·3–0·6 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flowers solitary in leaf–axils and in axils of fallen leaves; pedicels c. 0·3 cm. long. Male flowers solitary in leaf–axils and in axils of fallen leaves; pedicels 0·3–0·6 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 0·9–1·2 cm. long, glabrous; tube cup–shaped, very thick and fleshy, contrasting with the wide, strongly venose, membranous marginal frill which forms (4) 5 plicate lobes alternating with (4) 5 decurrent sinuses. Calyx 0·3–0·5 cm. long, minutely puberulous outside.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla 1·2–1·5 cm. long, hypocrateriform, widely open at the throat, glabrous; tube 0·6–0·8 x 0·4–0·5 cm., much shorter than the calyx; lobes (4) 5–6, 0·5–0·7 x 0·5–0·7 cm., spreading, suborbicular. Corolla 0·9–1·3 cm. long, campanulate; tube much longer than the calyx, 0·6 x 0·4–0·7 x 0·5 cm., widely open at the throat; lobes 4–6, up to 0·6 x 0·45 cm., broadly Ungulate, spreading.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Staminodes
Staminodes c. 15, c. 0·4 cm. long, attached to base of corolla–tube, glabrous.
sex Female
Staminodes c. 15, c. 0·4 cm. long, attached to base of corolla–tube, glabrous. Ovary 0·3 x 0·3 cm., glabrous; styles (4) 5, 0·275 cm. long; locules (8) 10. Calyx 0·9–1·2 cm. long, glabrous; tube cup–shaped, very thick and fleshy, contrasting with the wide, strongly venose, membranous marginal frill which forms (4) 5 plicate lobes alternating with (4) 5 decurrent sinuses. Corolla 1·2–1·5 cm. long, hypocrateriform, widely open at the throat, glabrous; tube 0·6–0·8 x 0·4–0·5 cm., much shorter than the calyx; lobes (4) 5–6, 0·5–0·7 x 0·5–0·7 cm., spreading, suborbicular. Female flowers solitary in leaf–axils and in axils of fallen leaves; pedicels c. 0·3 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary 0·3 x 0·3 cm., glabrous; styles (4) 5, 0·275 cm. long; locules (8) 10.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 8 or 10 or fewer by abortion, 1–5 x 0–8 x 0–3 cm., very dark brown.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruiting calyx scarcely accrescent but becoming flattened and patelliform as the fruit matures, lobes c. 0·8 cm. long. Fruit c. 2·5 x 2·5 cm., glabrous, globose.

Native to:

KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique

Diospyros rotundifolia Hiern appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Trans. Cambridge Philos. Soc. 12: 181 (1873)

Accepted by

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

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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