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

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Shrub or small tree 3–8 m. high.
Morphology General Bark
Bark rough.
Morphology Branches
Branchlets spreading–pubescent with dense, short, setose hairs and longer, fulvous, pilose hairs.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves chartaceous, drying dull brown or grey–green; lamina sub–obdeltate, gradually tapered from near the apex to the slightly cordade base, apex both cuspidate, and truncate or emarginate; margin ciliate: lower surface velutinous–tomentose; secondary nerves in 5–6 pairs, prominent below.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 0·4 cm. long; lobes tomentellous on both surfaces, debate or ovate–acuminate, the margins reduplicate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla 0·4–0·5 cm. long, lobed almost to the base; lobes subacute, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disk fimbriate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 8, 0·25–0·3 cm. long; filaments very short, glabrous; anthers 0·2–0·25 cm. long, lanceolate, densely sericeous–pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistillodes
Pistillode 0·1 cm. long, conoidal, minutely tomentellous; locules 8; stylodes 4, glabrous.
sex Male
Pistillode 0·1 cm. long, conoidal, minutely tomentellous; locules 8; stylodes 4, glabrous. Disk fimbriate. Stamens 8, 0·25–0·3 cm. long; filaments very short, glabrous; anthers 0·2–0·25 cm. long, lanceolate, densely sericeous–pubescent. Calyx 0·4 cm. long; lobes tomentellous on both surfaces, debate or ovate–acuminate, the margins reduplicate. Corolla 0·4–0·5 cm. long, lobed almost to the base; lobes subacute, glabrous. Male flowers usually in 3–flowered axillary cymes, tetramerous; peduncle up to 1–5 cm. long; pedicels up to 0·8 cm. long; bracts c. 0·9 x 0·3 cm., foliaceous, opposite, lanceolate, abruptly acuminate; indumentum of inflorescence consisting of long spreading, short setose, and reddish glandular hairs.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flowers unknown. Male flowers usually in 3–flowered axillary cymes, tetramerous; peduncle up to 1–5 cm. long; pedicels up to 0·8 cm. long; bracts c. 0·9 x 0·3 cm., foliaceous, opposite, lanceolate, abruptly acuminate; indumentum of inflorescence consisting of long spreading, short setose, and reddish glandular hairs.
sex Female
Female flowers unknown.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds up to 8, 1·1–1·7 cm. long, reddish–brown; testa smooth or minutely pitted; endosperm smooth.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruiting calyx accrescent, completely concealing the fruit; lobes 2 x 1·5–4·1 x 2·2 cm., ovate, acute or acuminate, velutinous–tomentose. Fruit 2–2·8 cm. in diameter, globose, fulvous–velutinous.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Shrub or small tree 3-8 m. tall, with rough bark; branchlets spreading setose-pubescent with dense short hairs and pilose with longer fulvous hairs.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves drying dull brown or grey-green, ± obtriangular-oblong, 3-10.5 cm. long, 1.5-5 cm. wide, truncate or emarginate at the apex but usually also shortly cuspidate, gradually tapered from near the apex to the slightly cordate base, rather sparsely pilose and pubescent, later glabrous above, velvety-tomentose beneath, ciliate; secondary nerves in 5-6 pairs, prominent beneath; petiole up to 9 mm. long.
sex Male
Male flowers 4-merous in usually 3-flowered axillary cymes; peduncle up to 1.5 cm. long; pedicels up to 8 mm. long; bracts leafy, opposite, lanceolate, 9 mm. long, 3 mm. wide, abruptly acuminate; inflorescence-axes, etc. with a mixture of long spreading hairs, short setae and reddish glandular hairs; calyx 4 mm. long; calyx-lobes triangular or ovate-acuminate, tomentellous on both surfaces, the margins reduplicate; corolla cream, 4-5 mm. long, lobed almost to the base, the lobes glabrous, subacute; disc fimbriate; stamens 8, 2.5-3 mm. long, the filaments very short, glabrous; anthers lanceolate, 2-2.5 mm. long, densely sericeous pubescent; rudimentary ovary conical, 1 mm. long, minutely tomentellous, with 8 locules; styles 4, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flowers unknown. Male flowers 4-merous in usually 3-flowered axillary cymes; peduncle up to 1.5 cm. long; pedicels up to 8 mm. long; bracts leafy, opposite, lanceolate, 9 mm. long, 3 mm. wide, abruptly acuminate; inflorescence-axes, etc. with a mixture of long spreading hairs, short setae and reddish glandular hairs; calyx 4 mm. long; calyx-lobes triangular or ovate-acuminate, tomentellous on both surfaces, the margins reduplicate; corolla cream, 4-5 mm. long, lobed almost to the base, the lobes glabrous, subacute; disc fimbriate; stamens 8, 2.5-3 mm. long, the filaments very short, glabrous; anthers lanceolate, 2-2.5 mm. long, densely sericeous pubescent; rudimentary ovary conical, 1 mm. long, minutely tomentellous, with 8 locules; styles 4, glabrous.
sex Female
Female flowers unknown.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit yellow-green, globose, 1.5-2.8 cm. diameter, fulvous-velvety; calyx accrescent completely concealing the fruit, the lobes ovate, 2-4.1 cm. long, 1.5-2.2 cm. wide, acute or acuminate, velvety tomentose.
Figures
Fig. 2/11; fig. 6/1-2.
Habitat
“ In rocky places and on termite mounds, otherwise ecology unknown” ( fide F.Z.). Flat granite rocks in hill country; ± 900 m. ( fide Richards)
Distribution
T8

Native to:

Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania

Diospyros truncatifolia Caveney appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1980 de Figueiredo, A. [4099], Mozambique K000350773 holotype

First published in Bull. Jard. Bot. Natl. Belg. 50: 395 (1980)

Accepted by

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

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Caveney in Bulletin du Jardin Botanique National de Belgique 50: 395 (1980).
  • F. White in Flora Zambesiaca 7(1): 265, t. 59A (1983).

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