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This species is accepted, and its native range is Mozambique to S. Africa.

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Erect or scandent shrub 1–4 m high (elsewhere sometimes much taller) or a rhizomatous suffrutex c. 0·5 m. high.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves chartaceous, drying dull brown above, much paler beneath; lamina 3 x 1·5–6·5 x 3·5 cm., obovate–oblong, apex usually broadly rounded and slightly emarginate, sometimes obtuse, base usually cordate to rounded; margin slightly revolute, lateral nerves in c. 5 pairs, together with the reticulate tertiary nerves and veins deeply impressed above and prominent beneath; lower surface sparsely to densely pubescent with long, slender, appressed or spreading hairs, rarely tomentose.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx up to 0·7 cm. long, cleft almost to the base; lobes ovate–lanceolate, fulvous–tomentose, the margins often reduplicate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla up to 1·2 cm. long, deeply divided; lobes oblong, reflexed, broadly acute at apex, tomentose outside except at the base and where overlapped in bud.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disk indistinct.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 10,0·35–0·4 cm. long; filaments up to 0·05 cm. long, glabrous; anthers up to 0·35 cm. long, lanceolate, densely strigose–setose.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistillodes
Pistillode conoidal, fulvous–tomentose; locules 10; common style short, stout, densely puberulous, the 5 branches long and glabrous distally.
sex Male
Pistillode conoidal, fulvous–tomentose; locules 10; common style short, stout, densely puberulous, the 5 branches long and glabrous distally. Disk indistinct. Stamens 10,0·35–0·4 cm. long; filaments up to 0·05 cm. long, glabrous; anthers up to 0·35 cm. long, lanceolate, densely strigose–setose. Calyx up to 0·7 cm. long, cleft almost to the base; lobes ovate–lanceolate, fulvous–tomentose, the margins often reduplicate. Corolla up to 1·2 cm. long, deeply divided; lobes oblong, reflexed, broadly acute at apex, tomentose outside except at the base and where overlapped in bud. Male flowers solitary or in 2–3 flowered cymes, axillary, pentamerous; peduncle up to 1·5 cm. long; pedicel (including peduncle of solitary flowers) 0·5–2 cm. long; bracts 2, 0·4–0·8 cm. long, ovate to linear–oblanceolate, subopposite.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flowers similar to the male but slightly smaller. Male flowers solitary or in 2–3 flowered cymes, axillary, pentamerous; peduncle up to 1·5 cm. long; pedicel (including peduncle of solitary flowers) 0·5–2 cm. long; bracts 2, 0·4–0·8 cm. long, ovate to linear–oblanceolate, subopposite.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Staminodes
Staminodes 10, 0·2 cm. long; filaments glabrous; antherodes densely strigose.
sex Female
Staminodes 10, 0·2 cm. long; filaments glabrous; antherodes densely strigose. Ovary 0·3 cm. long, ovoid–conoidal, 5·angled, densely strigose–tomentose, especially on the angles; locules 10, style short, densely pubescent, the 5 branches glabrous distally. Female flowers similar to the male but slightly smaller.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary 0·3 cm. long, ovoid–conoidal, 5·angled, densely strigose–tomentose, especially on the angles; locules 10, style short, densely pubescent, the 5 branches glabrous distally.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit up to 3 x 3·8 cm., depressed–globose, tardily dehiscent, densely hispid–tomentose with long, deciduous bristles. Fruiting calyx strongly accrescent, closely surrounding but not completely concealing the fruit except when young; lobes up to 3 x 2 cm., ovate, densely puberulous, with prominent longitudinal nerves.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 3–8, up to 1·5 cm. long, dull brown, endosperm smooth.
Cytology
Chromosome number: 2n = 30.

Native to:

Cape Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique, Northern Provinces

Diospyros villosa (L.) De Winter appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Bothalia 7: 458 (1961)

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
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0