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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Shrub ± 1.5 m. tall, richly and rigidly branched; internodes very short.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves deep greenish brown above when dry, paler beneath, oblong-elliptic or obovate-oblong, 1.7-6.3 cm. long, 1-2.7 cm. broad, rounded, retuse, obtuse or subacute at the apex, broadly rounded and slightly asymmetric at the base, undulate at the margin, shiny on both surfaces, glabrous beneath save for a few minute setulae on the margin, midrib and lateral nerves; lateral nerves in 4 pairs, the tertiary nerves and veins forming a dense reticulum on both surfaces; petiole 3-5 mm. long.
sex Male
Male flowers unknown.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flowers solitary, pendulous, borne towards the base of the current year’ s shoot, in the axils of fallen reduced leaves and the first-formed foliage leaves; peduncle ± 1 mm. long; pedicel 2 mm. long, thickened, bracteoles ± 1.5 mm. long; calyx 4 mm. long, glabrous outside except for the setulose margin, 4-lobed almost to the base, the lobes ± round; corolla subrotate, 7 mm. long, glabrous; corolla-tube 1.5 mm. long; corolla-lobes 4, ovate-lingulate; staminodes 4, inserted on the tube and alternating with the lobes, 2 mm. long; ovary ovoid, 3 mm. long, 2 mm. wide, glabrous, with 8 uniovulate locules; styles 4, equalling the ovary, ascending, expanded and irregularly lobed distally, fleshy and stigmatic on the inner surface. Male flowers unknown.
sex Female
Female flowers solitary, pendulous, borne towards the base of the current year’ s shoot, in the axils of fallen reduced leaves and the first-formed foliage leaves; peduncle ± 1 mm. long; pedicel 2 mm. long, thickened, bracteoles ± 1.5 mm. long; calyx 4 mm. long, glabrous outside except for the setulose margin, 4-lobed almost to the base, the lobes ± round; corolla subrotate, 7 mm. long, glabrous; corolla-tube 1.5 mm. long; corolla-lobes 4, ovate-lingulate; staminodes 4, inserted on the tube and alternating with the lobes, 2 mm. long; ovary ovoid, 3 mm. long, 2 mm. wide, glabrous, with 8 uniovulate locules; styles 4, equalling the ovary, ascending, expanded and irregularly lobed distally, fleshy and stigmatic on the inner surface.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit not known.
Habitat
Acacia-Commiphora bushland with Dalbergia eremicola, Jatropha dikhtar and Lonchocarpus kanurii; ± 150 m.
Distribution
K1

Native to:

Kenya

Diospyros kanurii F.White appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Feb 2, 1995 Brenan, J.P.M. [14805], Kenya K000350739 isotype

First published in Bull. Jard. Bot. Natl. Belg. 58: 364 (1988)

Accepted by

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

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Beentje, Kenya Trees, Shrubs and Lianas p. 446 (1994).
  • F. White in Bulletin du Jardin Botanique National de Belgique 58: 364 (1988).

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