1. Family: Ebenaceae Gürke
    1. Genus: Diospyros L.
      1. Diospyros dichrophylla (Gand.) De Winter

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Mozambique to S. Africa.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Erect, densely leafy evergreen shrub up to 6 m. tall, elsewhere sometimes arborescent and up to 16 m.; branches erect or ascending; branchlets shortly and densely yellowish–pubescent.
    Leaves
    Leaves coriaceous, drying dull pale brown or yellowish–brown beneath; lamina 1·7 x 0·6–8·8 x 2·5 cm., narrowly obovate to oblanceolate, apex rounded to broadly acute, base cuneate, margin usually revolute; lower surface appressed–pubescent; lateral nerves in c. 5 pairs, indistinct.
    Calyx
    Calyx 0·2–0·4 cm. long strigulose–tomentellous; lobes 0·15–0·3 cm. long, deltate.
    Corolla
    Corolla 0·7–1·2 cm. long, densely strigulose outside; lobes 0·5–1 cm. long.
    Disc
    Disk fimbriate.
    Stamens
    Stamens 10, 0·4–0·45 cm. long; filaments 0·05–0·07 cm. long, hairy towards apex; anthers 0·3–0·35 cm. long, densely strigose.
    Male
    Stamens 10, 0·4–0·45 cm. long; filaments 0·05–0·07 cm. long, hairy towards apex; anthers 0·3–0·35 cm. long, densely strigose. Pistillode subglobose, sericeous–tomentellous, slightly ridged; locules 10; stylode puberulous, divided into 5 branches. Corolla 0·7–1·2 cm. long, densely strigulose outside; lobes 0·5–1 cm. long. Disk fimbriate. Male flowers solitary, axillary, pentamerous; pedicel 0·8–2 (2·8) cm. long; bracts 0·25–0·4 cm. long, linear or oblanceolate, distant, deciduous. Calyx 0·2–0·4 cm. long strigulose–tomentellous; lobes 0·15–0·3 cm. long, deltate.
    Pistillodes
    Pistillode subglobose, sericeous–tomentellous, slightly ridged; locules 10; stylode puberulous, divided into 5 branches.
    Flowers
    Female flowers similar to male. Male flowers solitary, axillary, pentamerous; pedicel 0·8–2 (2·8) cm. long; bracts 0·25–0·4 cm. long, linear or oblanceolate, distant, deciduous.
    Staminodes
    Staminodes 10, 0·2 cm. long; antherodes densely strigose.
    Pistil
    Ovary 0·25 x 0·2 cm., subglobose, slightly ridged; densely sericeous–tomentellous; locules 10; style puberulous, the 5 branches glabrous towards the tips.
    Female
    Ovary 0·25 x 0·2 cm., subglobose, slightly ridged; densely sericeous–tomentellous; locules 10; style puberulous, the 5 branches glabrous towards the tips. Female flowers similar to male. Staminodes 10, 0·2 cm. long; antherodes densely strigose.
    Seeds
    Seeds 3–8, 1·3 cm. long, shining–brown; endosperm smooth.
    Fruits
    Fruiting calyx strongly accrescent, lobes up to 2 cm. long, with many longitudinal nerves, usually strongly reflexed but occasionally only partly reflexed. Fruit up to 2 x 2·5 cm., depressed–globose, densely yellowish–velvety–pubescent, tardily dehiscing from above into 5 valves.
    Cytology
    Chromosome number: 2n = 30.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Cape Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Swaziland

    Introduced into:

    St.Helena

    Diospyros dichrophylla (Gand.) De Winter appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Fl. S. Afr. 26: 75 (1963)

    Accepted by

    • Lambdon, P. (2012). Flowering plants & ferns of St Helena: 1-624. Pisces publications for St Helena nature conservation group.
    • Govaerts, R. (2000). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS D: 1-30141.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Lambdon, P. (2012). Flowering plants & ferns of St Helena: 1-624. Pisces publications for St Helena nature conservation group.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    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