1. Family: Ebenaceae Gürke
    1. Genus: Diospyros L.
      1. Diospyros amaniensis Gürke

        This species is accepted, and its native range is SE. Kenya to Tanzania.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Evergreen shrub or small tree 3-5 m. tall; young stems in life green later grey-brown.
    Leaves
    Leaves green and glossy above in life, drying brown, oblong, lanceolate or elliptic to obovate-oblanceolate, 9-28 cm. long, 3-11 cm. wide, obtuse to acuminate at the apex, rounded to cuneate at the base, glabrous and shiny above, glabrous beneath, subcoriaceous; lateral nerves ± 13, impressed in life,together with midrib prominent beneath; venation reticulate; petiole 1.5 cm. long.
    Flowers
    Female flowers sessile, 3-10 in axils of the upper leaves; calyx-tube urceolate, 5 mm. long, 4-toothed; calyx-teeth triangular, 3-5 mm. long, ± 2 mm. wide, recurved, the whole calyx densely golden-brown sericeous hairy outside; corolla white, funnel-shaped, 1-1.2 cm. long, silky outside, 4-lobed; corolla-lobes rounded-triangular, 5 mm. long, mucronate; staminodes 8-12, 2 mm. long; ovary spherical, 2-2.5 mm. diameter, adpressed silky hairy; styles 4, 2 mm. long.
    Female
    Female flowers sessile, 3-10 in axils of the upper leaves; calyx-tube urceolate, 5 mm. long, 4-toothed; calyx-teeth triangular, 3-5 mm. long, ± 2 mm. wide, recurved, the whole calyx densely golden-brown sericeous hairy outside; corolla white, funnel-shaped, 1-1.2 cm. long, silky outside, 4-lobed; corolla-lobes rounded-triangular, 5 mm. long, mucronate; staminodes 8-12, 2 mm. long; ovary spherical, 2-2.5 mm. diameter, adpressed silky hairy; styles 4, 2 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Fruit globose, 1.5 cm. diameter, adpressed brownish sericeous pilose, 8-locular, exserted from the calyx which is cup-shaped, 7 mm. long, 1.5 cm. wide, more densely pilose with broadly triangular lobes.
    Seeds
    Seeds 8, black, shining, 1.2 cm. long.
    Figures
    Fig. 3/20.
    Habitat
    Rain-forest or ground-water forest; 250-500 m. and possibly up to 1700 m. (see note)
    Distribution
    K7 T3 T6 T7 (see note)

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Tanzania

    Diospyros amaniensis Gürke appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 46: 155 (1911)

    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: 396 (1988).
    • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 184 (1949).
    • Gürke in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 46: 155 (1911).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. 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