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

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

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Evergreen tree (2.5-)7.5-15(-18) m. tall, with black or dark blackish grey very rough bark with deep longitudinal fissures; crown rounded or ‘ bushy, spreading’; branchlets whitish grey or blackish, rugose and striate, the young shoots rusty tomentose; wood red.
    Leaves
    Leaves drying dark grey above, brown beneath, elliptic or oblong-elliptic, less often narrowly oblong (in Somalia), 2-8.5 cm. long, 1-3.7 cm. wide, obtuse at the apex, rounded at the base, at first ferruginous pubescent but soon glabrous and shiny above, rusty pubescent beneath with ± persistent curled hairs; midrib (and venation to some extent) impressed above, prominent beneath; petiole 3-5 mm. long.
    Flowers
    Male flowers sweetly scented, solitary or paired on young shoots; calyx densely adpressed silky outside; calyx-tube ± 1 mm. long; calyx-lobes 4, triangular, 2 mm. long, 1.5 mm. wide; corolla creamy-yellow or cream, urceolate, 8 mm. long, 4 mm. wide near base, coriaceous, very shortly 4-lobed; corolla-lobes rounded, 1 mm. long, 1.5 mm. wide, densely adpressed silky hairy outside, glabrous inside; stamens 12, basal; filaments subulate, 1-2 mm. long; anthers linear, 3 mm. long; rudimentary ovary absent. Female flowers solitary or several together; pedicels ± 2 mm. long; calyx 5 mm. long, densely ferruginous hairy inside and out, 4-lobed; calyx-lobes triangular with margins soon folded back; corolla brown outside, greenish inside, 5-6 mm. long.
    Male
    Male flowers sweetly scented, solitary or paired on young shoots; calyx densely adpressed silky outside; calyx-tube ± 1 mm. long; calyx-lobes 4, triangular, 2 mm. long, 1.5 mm. wide; corolla creamy-yellow or cream, urceolate, 8 mm. long, 4 mm. wide near base, coriaceous, very shortly 4-lobed; corolla-lobes rounded, 1 mm. long, 1.5 mm. wide, densely adpressed silky hairy outside, glabrous inside; stamens 12, basal; filaments subulate, 1-2 mm. long; anthers linear, 3 mm. long; rudimentary ovary absent.
    Female
    Female flowers solitary or several together; pedicels ± 2 mm. long; calyx 5 mm. long, densely ferruginous hairy inside and out, 4-lobed; calyx-lobes triangular with margins soon folded back; corolla brown outside, greenish inside, 5-6 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Fruit yellow, globose or ellipsoid to globose-ovoid, 2-2.8 cm. long, 1.7-2.5 cm. wide, fleshy, densely adpressed silky ferruginous, later glabrous, shiny and rugulose; fruiting calyx corrugated and folded, persistently ferruginous pubescent on both sides, the lobes 8 mm. long, 7 mm. wide.
    Seeds
    Seeds dark brown, compressed-oblong, 1.1-1.5 cm. long, 6-7 mm. wide, rounded on outer edge and angular on inner or ± rounded on both, shiny, rugulose.
    Figures
    Fig. 3/26.
    Habitat
    Acacia-Commiphora woodland, Newtonia-Dobera ‘ forest’ fringe by sandy river, semi-evergreen scrub-forest, wet wooded grassland and bushland, sometimes on termite mounds; 0-600 m.
    Distribution
    K1 K4 K7 T3 T6 T8

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania

    Diospyros bussei Gürke appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 46: 158 (1911)

    Accepted by

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

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • 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: 158 (1911).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    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