1. Family: Ebenaceae Gürke
    1. Genus: Diospyros L.
      1. Diospyros occulta 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
    Tree or shrub (3-)9-12 m. tall; bark on branchlets dark brown or black, smooth, sometimes mottled and flaking; slash pink on white.
    Leaves
    Leaves drying pale or dark brown to black and mat above, paler beneath, lanceolate-elliptic, 1.5-12.5 cm. long, 1.3-5 cm. wide, acuminate or subacuminate at the apex, slightly asymmetric at the base, undulate at the margin, subcoriaceous, glabrous or with a few setulae towards base of the midrib beneath; midrib slightly prominent above, conspicuously so beneath; lateral nerves in 4-6 pairs, indistinct; venation scarcely visible; petiole ± 2 mm. long, setulose.
    Flowers
    Male flowers subsessile, axillary and borne on branchlets or old wood, solitary or in 2-3(-9)- flowered fascicles; pedicels 0.5 mm. long, densely setulose. Female flowers unknown.
    Calyx
    Calyx cyathiform, lobed almost to the base, 1.5 mm. long, sparsely setulose outside, glabrous inside, ciliolate at the margin; lobes 3, ovate-triangular.
    Male
    Calyx cyathiform, lobed almost to the base, 1.5 mm. long, sparsely setulose outside, glabrous inside, ciliolate at the margin; lobes 3, ovate-triangular. Corolla white, sweetly scented, narrowly ellipsoid, 7 mm. long, 2.5 mm. wide, glabrous; tube 5.5 mm. long; lobes 3, 1.5-2 mm. long and almost as wide, ascending; stamens 6-8, included, ± 4 mm. long; filaments 0.5-1 mm. long, inserted on the receptacle, densely setulose; anthers linear-lanceolate, 3.5 mm. long, markedly apiculate, glabrous; rudimentary ovary minute, glabrous. Male flowers subsessile, axillary and borne on branchlets or old wood, solitary or in 2-3(-9)- flowered fascicles; pedicels 0.5 mm. long, densely setulose.
    Corolla
    Corolla white, sweetly scented, narrowly ellipsoid, 7 mm. long, 2.5 mm. wide, glabrous; tube 5.5 mm. long; lobes 3, 1.5-2 mm. long and almost as wide, ascending; stamens 6-8, included, ± 4 mm. long; filaments 0.5-1 mm. long, inserted on the receptacle, densely setulose; anthers linear-lanceolate, 3.5 mm. long, markedly apiculate, glabrous; rudimentary ovary minute, glabrous.
    Female
    Female flowers unknown.
    Fruits
    Fruit yellow, subglobose, 2.8 cm. long, 1.8 cm. wide, apiculate, glabrous, the calyx 2.5 mm. long, with 3 triangular lobes, glabrous.
    Seeds
    Seeds black, compressed-elliptic, 0.9-1.3 mm. long, 6.5-9 mm. wide, 4.5-6 mm. thick; endosperm ruminate.
    Figures
    Fig. 3/22.
    Habitat
    Ground-water and other evergreen forest, also riverine thicket on rocks; (0-)300-900 m.
    Distribution
    not known elsewhere (see note) K7 T3 T6

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Tanzania

    Diospyros occulta F.White appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1988 Willan, R.L. [584], Kenya K000350757 isotype

    First published in Bull. Jard. Bot. Natl. Belg. 58: 399 (1988)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (2000). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS D: 1-30141.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • F. White in Bulletin du Jardin Botanique National de Belgique 58: 399 (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
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