1. Family: Ebenaceae Gürke
    1. Genus: Diospyros L.
      1. Diospyros shimbaensis F.White

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

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Small tree 3-12 m. tall; trunk straight, cylindrical; bark grey; slash white turning yellow-brown.
    Leaves
    Leaves coppery when young, drying leaden grey, oblong-elliptic to ovate-elliptic, 5-12 cm. long, 1.5-6.5 cm. wide, shortly and bluntly subacuminate to distinctly narrowly acuminate at the apex (see note), cuneate to ± rounded at the base, subcoriaceous, slightly revolute at the margin, glabrous; lateral nerves in ± 8 pairs, slightly raised beneath, the venation forming a dense but not very conspicuous reticulation beneath; petiole 7-10 mm. long.
    Male
    Male flowers:bracts ovate, 1.5 mm. long, 1 mm. wide, keeled; pedicel 2 mm. long; calyx inflated in bud, later tube 1 mm. long; calyx-lobes 1.5 mm. long; corolla conical, 6 mm. long; corolla-lobes 3-4, 5 mm. long, 2 mm. wide, rounded; stamens 16-17, ± half with filaments 1 mm. long and rest 3 mm. long.
    Flowers
    Female flowers:similar to male buds, the corolla enclosed in 3-5-angled inflated calyx, 6 mm. long; corolla (immature) 4 mm. long, lobed to halfway; ovary 2 mm. long, glabrous; style 1 mm. long; staminodes 4, 1.5 mm. long. Male flowers:bracts ovate, 1.5 mm. long, 1 mm. wide, keeled; pedicel 2 mm. long; calyx inflated in bud, later tube 1 mm. long; calyx-lobes 1.5 mm. long; corolla conical, 6 mm. long; corolla-lobes 3-4, 5 mm. long, 2 mm. wide, rounded; stamens 16-17, ± half with filaments 1 mm. long and rest 3 mm. long.
    Female
    Female flowers:similar to male buds, the corolla enclosed in 3-5-angled inflated calyx, 6 mm. long; corolla (immature) 4 mm. long, lobed to halfway; ovary 2 mm. long, glabrous; style 1 mm. long; staminodes 4, 1.5 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Fruits yellow, borne singly on the older twigs and branches, broadly ellipsoid, 1.8 cm. long, 1.6 cm. wide, glabrous, completely enclosed in the dark red to black soft accrescent calyx; pedicels stout, 1-3 mm. long; fruiting calyx inflated, much larger than the fruit, subglobose-cordiform, up to 3.5 cm. long, 3-3.5 cm. wide, with 4-5 shallow grooves alternating with 4-5 ridges, lobed only at the extreme apex, the lobes ± 5 mm. long, incurved.
    Seeds
    Seeds 3, black, 1 cm. long, 5 mm. wide, 4 mm. thick.
    Figures
    Fig. 3/16.
    Habitat
    Coastal evergreen forest with Julbernardia, Paramacrolobium, Isolona, Quassia, Mkilua, etc. or Milicia, Antiaris, Combretum schumannii, Fernandoa, Newtonia, Manilkara, etc.; 0-450 m.
    Distribution
    K7 T6 not known elsewhere

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Tanzania

    Diospyros shimbaensis F.White appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Dec 1, 1960 Drummond, R.B. [1142], Kenya K000350750 holotype
    Dec 1, 1960 Drummond, R.B. [1142], Kenya K000350751 isotype
    Dec 1, 1960 Drummond, R.B. [1142], Kenya K000350752 isotype

    First published in Bull. Jard. Bot. Natl. Belg. 58: 385 (1988)

    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. 447 (1994).
    • F. White in Bulletin du Jardin Botanique National de Belgique 58: 385, fig. 15 (1988).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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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/
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