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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Dense much-branched evergreen shrub 2-5 m. tall; new shoots often spinescent; spines up to 5.5 cm. long; heartwood hard and black.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves mainly in fascicles on slow-growing spur-shoots, drying greenish brown, obovate-triangular to oblanceolate-spathulate, 1-4 cm. long, 0.4-2.3 cm. wide, rounded to subtruncate at the apex, cuneate at the base, slightly revolute at the margin, minutely setulose beneath particularly on midrib and margins; lateral nerves in 4-6 pairs, indistinct; other venation indistinct; petiole 1-3 mm. long.
sex Male
Male flowers in ± 3-flowered fascicles on older leafless branches, subsessile; calyx narrowly cyathiform, 2-3 mm. long, densely setulose outside; calyx-lobes 4-5, narrowly triangular, 0.5 mm. long; corolla yellowish, narrowly rotate, 8 mm. long, lobed to 1/3 or slightly beyond, glabrous; corolla-lobes 4, broadly tongue-shaped; stamens ± 12, inserted on the receptacle, glabrous; anthers 2.5-3.5 mm. long, exserted; rudimentary ovary narrowly conical, 1.5 mm. long, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flowers solitary on the older branchlets with 4-5 densely strigulose and ciliolate bracts, subsessile; calyx cyathiform, 4 mm. long, lobed to beyond the middle, densely strigulose on both surfaces, margin ciliolate; corolla yellowish, conical in bud, 7 mm. long, lobed to slightly beyond the middle, glabrous; ovary broadly ovoid, 3 mm. long and wide, glabrous, terminating in 2 short styles; locules 4, uniovulate. Male flowers in ± 3-flowered fascicles on older leafless branches, subsessile; calyx narrowly cyathiform, 2-3 mm. long, densely setulose outside; calyx-lobes 4-5, narrowly triangular, 0.5 mm. long; corolla yellowish, narrowly rotate, 8 mm. long, lobed to 1/3 or slightly beyond, glabrous; corolla-lobes 4, broadly tongue-shaped; stamens ± 12, inserted on the receptacle, glabrous; anthers 2.5-3.5 mm. long, exserted; rudimentary ovary narrowly conical, 1.5 mm. long, glabrous.
sex Female
Female flowers solitary on the older branchlets with 4-5 densely strigulose and ciliolate bracts, subsessile; calyx cyathiform, 4 mm. long, lobed to beyond the middle, densely strigulose on both surfaces, margin ciliolate; corolla yellowish, conical in bud, 7 mm. long, lobed to slightly beyond the middle, glabrous; ovary broadly ovoid, 3 mm. long and wide, glabrous, terminating in 2 short styles; locules 4, uniovulate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit yellow or pink, subglobose, sometimes obscurely 3-4-angled, 1.8 cm. long and wide, glabrous, with scarcely accrescent calyx patelliform, 4-5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 3-4, black, 1.1 cm. long, 6 mm. wide and thick; endosperm smooth.
Figures
Fig. 2/5; fig. 4.
Habitat
Acacia-Commiphora deciduous bushland with Dalbergia, Jatropha, Givotia, etc. on deep red sand; 100-300 m.
Distribution
K1

[FSOM]

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

Morphology General Habit
Dense much-branched evergreen shrub 2–5 m tall; new shoots often spinescent with spines up to 5.5 cm long
Morphology Leaves
Leaves mainly clustered on slow-growing spur-shoots, drying greenish brown; petiole 1–3 mm long; blade obovate-triangular to oblanceolate-spathulate, 1–4 x 0.4–2.3 cm, cuneate at the base, rounded to subtruncate at the apex, with slightly revolute margin, minutely setulose beneath particularly on midrib and margins; lateral nerves in 4–6 pairs, indistinct
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flowers solitary on the older branchlets with 4-5 densely strigulose and ciliolate bracts, subsessile; calyx cup-shaped, 4 mm long, lobed to beyond the middle, densely strigulose on both surfaces, margin ciliolate; corolla yellowish, conical in bud, 7 mm long, lobed to slightly beyond the middle, glabrous; ovary broadly ovoid, 3 x 3 mm, 4-celled, glabrous, terminating in 2 short styles Male flowers usually in 3-flowered clusters on older leafless branches, subsessile; calyx narrowly cup-shaped, 2–3 mm long, densely setulose outside; calyx-lobes 4–5, narrowly triangular, c. 0.5 mm long; corolla yellowish, narrowly rotate, c. 8 mm long, lobed to 1/3 or slightly beyond, glabrous; corolla-lobes 4, broadly tongue-shaped; stamens c. 12, inserted on the receptacle, glabrous; anthers 2.5–3.5 mm long, exserted; rudimentary ovary narrowly conical, 1.5 mm long, glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit yellow or pink, subglobose, sometimes obscurely 3–4-angled, c. 1.8 cm in diam., glabrous, with calyx scarcely enlarging, saucer-shaped, 4–5 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 3–4, black, c. 1.1 x 0.6 cm.
Distribution
S3; Kenya
Ecology
Altitude c. 90 m.

Native to:

Kenya, Somalia

Diospyros wajirensis F.White appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Gillet [12527], Kenya K000350731 holotype
Gillet [12527], Kenya K000350732 holotype
Gillet [12527], Kenya K000350733 holotype
Gillet [12527], Kenya K000350734 holotype
Gillet [12527], Kenya K000350735 holotype
Gillet [12527], Kenya K000350737 holotype
Gillet [12527], Kenya K000350736 holotype
Gillet [12527], Kenya K000350738 holotype

First published in Bull. Jard. Bot. Natl. Belg. 58: 359 (1988)

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. 448 (1994).
  • F. White in Bulletin du Jardin Botanique National de Belgique 58: 359, fig. 12 (1988).

Flora of Somalia
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