1. Family: Ebenaceae Gürke
    1. Genus: Diospyros L.
      1. Diospyros chamaethamnus Mildbr.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Zambia to NE. Namibia.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Rhizomatous suffrutex forming extensive colonies up to several metres across.
    Stem
    Stems usually unbranched and less than 30 cm. high, but in the absence of fire up to 45 cm. high and sometimes sparsely branched.
    Leaves
    Leaves similar to those of D. batocana but often much smaller.
    Flowers
    Flowers subsessile, usually in clusters of 1–7 in the axils of leaves or reduced scale leaves, or, on second–year shoots, in the axils of fallen leaves, similar in structure to those of D. batocana but much larger and of different proportions, and the female flowers with conspicuous bracts. Female flowers with several conspicuous bracts at the base up to 0·6 cm. long.
    Calyx
    Male flowers: Calyx 1·3 cm. long, fulvous–tomentose, lobes c. 0·6–0·7 cm. long. Calyx 1–1·5 cm. long, fulvous–tomentose; lobes 0–5–0–8 cm. long.
    Corolla
    Corolla c. 1·6 cm. long, lobes 0·8 x 0·6 cm. Corolla 1·8 cm. long, lobes 0·7 cm. long.
    Male
    Corolla c. 1·6 cm. long, lobes 0·8 x 0·6 cm. Male flowers: Calyx 1·3 cm. long, fulvous–tomentose, lobes c. 0·6–0·7 cm. long.
    Female
    Corolla 1·8 cm. long, lobes 0·7 cm. long. Female flowers with several conspicuous bracts at the base up to 0·6 cm. long. Calyx 1–1·5 cm. long, fulvous–tomentose; lobes 0–5–0–8 cm. long.
    Fruits
    Fruit subglobose, c. 3·5 x 3·5 cm., fulvous–tomentose, at least when young.
    Seeds
    Seeds 6, mature seeds unknown.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Botswana, Caprivi Strip, Namibia, Zambia

    Diospyros chamaethamnus Mildbr. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Apr 1, 1953 Dinter [7305], South Africa K000350843
    Apr 1, 1953 Dinter [7305], South Africa K000350844

    First published in Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin-Dahlem 15: 757 (1942)

    Accepted by

    • Mannheimer, C.A. & Curtis, B.A. (eds.) (2009). Le Roux and Müller's field guide to the trees and shrubs of Namibia, rev. ed.: 1-525. Macmillan Education Namibia, Windhoek.
    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Govaerts, R. (2000). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS D: 1-30141.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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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/
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    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