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

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

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Evergreen tree 3.5-15 m. tall or shrub, much branched, with smooth grey or mottled grey bark (or rough and black fide Abdulla in F.D. 3860); slash yellow, branchlets slender, glabrous.
    Leaves
    Leaves glossy, drying brown or greenish brown above, pale beneath, lanceolate-elliptic to oblanceolate-elliptic or narrowly oblong, 3-11(-13.5) cm. long, 1-4.5(-5.8) cm. wide, shortly but distinctly and usually acutely acuminate at the apex, cuneate to rounded at the base, glabrous save for midrib minutely setulose with blackish hairs beneath towards the base, thickened and slightly revolute at the margin; lateral nerves in 5-7 pairs, impressed in life but drying indistinct above, prominent beneath; tertiary nerves and veins forming a very close but not very conspicuous reticulum; petiole 8 mm. long.
    Flowers
    Male flowers (1-)2-4 in cymules in axils of leaves or fallen leaves; pedicels ± 1 mm. long; calyx cyathiform, 5 mm. long, shallowly 4-5-lobed, strigulose-pubescent on both surfaces; calyx-lobes triangular, ± 1 mm. long; corolla yellow with dark marks, hypocrateriform, 1.1 cm. long, glabrous except for the minutely ciliolate margins; corolla-tube 6 mm. long; corolla-lobes triangular-cordate, 5 mm. long, papillate; stamens ± 16, 6 mm. long, included; filaments 2.5 mm. long, sometimes united in pairs, inserted on the receptacle, glabrous; anthers 3.5 mm. long, apiculate, glabrous; rudimentary ovary ovoid, 2 mm. long, setulose. Female flowers unknown, but apparently borne singly 2-3 together on the older branchlets below the leaves.
    Male
    Male flowers (1-)2-4 in cymules in axils of leaves or fallen leaves; pedicels ± 1 mm. long; calyx cyathiform, 5 mm. long, shallowly 4-5-lobed, strigulose-pubescent on both surfaces; calyx-lobes triangular, ± 1 mm. long; corolla yellow with dark marks, hypocrateriform, 1.1 cm. long, glabrous except for the minutely ciliolate margins; corolla-tube 6 mm. long; corolla-lobes triangular-cordate, 5 mm. long, papillate; stamens ± 16, 6 mm. long, included; filaments 2.5 mm. long, sometimes united in pairs, inserted on the receptacle, glabrous; anthers 3.5 mm. long, apiculate, glabrous; rudimentary ovary ovoid, 2 mm. long, setulose.
    Female
    Female flowers unknown, but apparently borne singly 2-3 together on the older branchlets below the leaves.
    Fruits
    Fruit green, subglobose, 2 cm. long, 1.7 cm. wide, densely fulvous-strigose-tomentose, almost hidden by the accrescent calyx which is 2.5 cm. long, campanulate, fulvous- or brown-tomentose, coriaceous, glabrescent at maturity, with tube up to 1.5 cm. long and 5 lingulate-triangular lobes, 1.6 mm. long, 0.8 mm. wide, obtuse or acute at the apex and margin often reflexed at the base forming a shallow sinus.
    Seeds
    Seeds ± 6, 1.4 cm. long, 6 mm. wide, 4 mm. thick; endosperm smooth.
    Figures
    Fig. 3/19.
    Habitat
    Semideciduous and evergreen forest, e.g. Milicia, Erythrophleum, Pachystela, Sorindeia, Parkia, Hymenaea forest; riverine thicket and coastal bushland on coral, pure sand or black cotton soil; 0-400 m.
    Distribution
    K7 T3 T6 not known elsewhere

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Tanzania

    Diospyros greenwayi F.White appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Aug 1, 1961 Greenway, P.J. [9354], Kenya K000350753 holotype

    First published in Bull. Jard. Bot. Natl. Belg. 58: 392 (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. 446 (1994).
    • F. White in Bulletin du Jardin Botanique National de Belgique 58: 392, fig. 16 (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/
    © 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/
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