1. Family: Ebenaceae Gürke
    1. Genus: Diospyros L.
      1. Diospyros virgata (Gürke) Brenan

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. DR Congo to Caprivi Strip.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Usually a rhizomatous suffrutex up to 0·45 m. high and forming mats a few metres in diameter; when fire–protected a shrub up to 2·5 m. high.
    Leaves
    Leaves drying pale yellow–brown; lamina 4 x 1·5–7 x 3 cm., lanceolate, apex acute or subacute, the tip usually mucronate; lower surface densely fulvous–sericeous; secondary nerves in (3) 4–5 pairs, inconspicuous; tertiary nerves and veins invisible.
    Calyx
    Calyx 0·4 cm. long, strigulose–tomentellous outside, lobed almost to the base; lobes 3(4) narrowly deltate.
    Corolla
    Corolla 0·7–0·8 cm. long, cream, urceolate, strigulose–tomentellous almost to the base outside; lobes 3(4), ovate–deltate, 0·25 cm. long.
    Stamens
    Stamens 12–14, visible at the throat but included, 0·3–0·4 cm. long; filaments very short, inserted on the receptacle; anthers lanceolate, apiculate, glabrous.
    Male
    Stamens 12–14, visible at the throat but included, 0·3–0·4 cm. long; filaments very short, inserted on the receptacle; anthers lanceolate, apiculate, glabrous. Pistillode represented by a tuft of hairs. Calyx 0·4 cm. long, strigulose–tomentellous outside, lobed almost to the base; lobes 3(4) narrowly deltate. Corolla 0·7–0·8 cm. long, cream, urceolate, strigulose–tomentellous almost to the base outside; lobes 3(4), ovate–deltate, 0·25 cm. long. Male flowers pale yellow, sessile in 1–7–flowered clusters in the axils of leaves or of fallen leaves.
    Pistillodes
    Pistillode represented by a tuft of hairs.
    Flowers
    Female flowers solitary, shortly pedicellate, with 6 or more deltate–bracts, otherwise similar to the male but corolla–tube slightly wider and more contracted at the throat. Male flowers pale yellow, sessile in 1–7–flowered clusters in the axils of leaves or of fallen leaves.
    Female
    Female flowers solitary, shortly pedicellate, with 6 or more deltate–bracts, otherwise similar to the male but corolla–tube slightly wider and more contracted at the throat. Staminodes 3(4), filiform, inserted on the receptacle. Ovary 0·5 x 0·4 cm., locules 6. Styles 3, 0·15 cm. long, erect, glabrous distally, stigmatic on inner surface.
    Staminodes
    Staminodes 3(4), filiform, inserted on the receptacle.
    Ovary
    Ovary 0·5 x 0·4 cm., locules 6.
    Style
    Styles 3, 0·15 cm. long, erect, glabrous distally, stigmatic on inner surface.
    Seeds
    Seeds 6 or fewer.
    Fruits
    Fruiting calyx not accrescent, 0·4 cm. long. Fruit 2·5 x 2·5 cm., subglobose, fulvous–tomentose, outer pericarp somewhat woody.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Caprivi Strip, Zambia, Zaïre

    Diospyros virgata (Gürke) Brenan appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Brenan, J.P.M. [7989], Zambia 11779.000

    First published in Kew Bull. 8: 437 (1953)

    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
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.

    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