1. Family: Ebenaceae Gürke
    1. Genus: Diospyros L.
      1. Diospyros kabuyeana 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 5-16(-25) m. tall; bole irregular, fluted below; bark grey or grey-brown or grey-black, smooth, flaking; slash pink or yellow; branchlets densely setulose.
    Leaves
    Leaves red when young, drying pale pinkish brown, lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, 4.8-14(-15.8) cm. long, 1.7-7 cm. wide, shortly but distinctly and acutely acuminate at the apex, obtuse to rounded at the base, slightly asymmetric, thinly coriaceous, sparsely strigulose on the midrib and lateral nerves beneath, practically glabrous elsewhere, lateral nerves in 5-7 pairs, slightly impressed above, very prominent beneath, the tertiary nerves subscalariform but not very conspicuous, venation laxly reticulate, visible but indistinct on both surfaces; petioles 5-9 mm. long.
    Male
    Male flowers 1-3 together in the leaf-axils and axils of fallen leaves; pedicels 1-2 mm. long; calyx cyathiform, 2 mm. long, strigulose-tomentellous on both surfaces; calyx-lobes 4, triangular, 1 mm. long; corolla white, narrowly urceolate, 7-8 mm. long, 3 mm. wide, the tube thickened internally and with an extremely narrow entrance to the throat, densely strigulose tomentellous outside except at the base; corolla-lobes 4, 1 mm. long, thick and fleshy, strigulose outside; stamens ± 12, included, 5.5 mm. long; filaments 1.5 mm. long, inserted on the receptacle, setulose on upper half; anthers long-apiculate, glabrous.
    Flowers
    Female flowers similar to the male but calyx 3 mm. long; corolla globose-urceolate, 5 mm. long and wide; staminodes ± 8, 3 mm. long, glabrous; ovary broadly ovoid, 2.5 mm. long and wide, with 8 or 10 shallow ridges, strigulose-tomentellous; locules 8 or 10, uniovulate; common style scarcely differentiated from the ovary; stigmata 4 or 5, fleshy and stigmatic on the inner face, 0.5 mm. long, strigulose outside. Male flowers 1-3 together in the leaf-axils and axils of fallen leaves; pedicels 1-2 mm. long; calyx cyathiform, 2 mm. long, strigulose-tomentellous on both surfaces; calyx-lobes 4, triangular, 1 mm. long; corolla white, narrowly urceolate, 7-8 mm. long, 3 mm. wide, the tube thickened internally and with an extremely narrow entrance to the throat, densely strigulose tomentellous outside except at the base; corolla-lobes 4, 1 mm. long, thick and fleshy, strigulose outside; stamens ± 12, included, 5.5 mm. long; filaments 1.5 mm. long, inserted on the receptacle, setulose on upper half; anthers long-apiculate, glabrous.
    Female
    Female flowers similar to the male but calyx 3 mm. long; corolla globose-urceolate, 5 mm. long and wide; staminodes ± 8, 3 mm. long, glabrous; ovary broadly ovoid, 2.5 mm. long and wide, with 8 or 10 shallow ridges, strigulose-tomentellous; locules 8 or 10, uniovulate; common style scarcely differentiated from the ovary; stigmata 4 or 5, fleshy and stigmatic on the inner face, 0.5 mm. long, strigulose outside.
    Fruits
    Fruit yellowish white turning bright orange, cylindrical-subglobose (angular fide Beentje), 2.7 cm. long, 3 cm. wide, minutely verrucose, velvety sericeous-tomentellous, 8-10-grooved between the locules or sometimes 3-4-lobed when young, the calyx scarcely accrescent, with reflexed lobes.
    Seeds
    Seeds 10 or fewer, blackish brown, 1.5 cm. long, 8 mm. wide, 6 mm. thick; endosperm ruminate.
    Figures
    Fig. 3/23; fig. 7.
    Habitat
    Evergreen or semideciduous lowland forest, sometimes riverine; 20-700 m.
    Distribution
    not known elsewhere K7 T3 T6 T7 T8

    Images

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Tanzania

    Diospyros kabuyeana F.White appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Mar 21, 1995 Mhoro, B. [677], Tanzania K000354234
    Mar 2, 1995 Mwasumbi, L.B. [12666], Tanzania K000354235
    Feb 28, 1995 Ruffo [2045], Tanzania K000354231
    Feb 27, 1995 Semsei, S.R. [788], Tanzania K000354220
    Feb 27, 1995 Semsei, S.R. [921], Tanzania K000354222
    Feb 27, 1995 Semsei, S.R. [1501], Tanzania K000354225
    Feb 27, 1995 Luke [241], Kenya K000354216
    Feb 27, 1995 Kibuwa, S.P. [5488], Tanzania K000354229
    Feb 27, 1995 Kibuwa, S.P. [5452], Tanzania K000354232
    Feb 27, 1995 Paulo, S. [171], Tanzania K000354221
    Feb 1, 1995 Mwasumbi, L.B. [12333], Tanzania K000354274
    Oct 1, 1988 Medley, K. [246], Kenya K000354215
    Jan 1, 1988 Luke [765], Tanzania K000354217
    Jan 1, 1988 Vollesen, K.B. [2905], Tanzania K000354218
    Jul 1, 1960 Milne-Redhead, E. [7409], Tanzania K000354219
    Greenway, P.J. [4679], Tanzania K000354228 paratype
    Drummond, R.B. [1859], Tanzania K000350758 Unknown type material
    Gillman, H. [1392], Tanzania K000354236 paratype
    Dale, I.R. [3526], Kenya K000354211 paratype
    Robertson, S.A. [74], Kenya K000354205
    Robertson, S.A. [5955], Kenya K000354209
    Robertson, S.A. [195], Kenya K000354212
    Robertson, S.A. [5872], Kenya K000354214
    Rawlins, S.P. [265], Kenya K000354210
    Luke, Q. [500], Kenya K000354208
    Luke, P.A. [4579], Kenya K000354202
    Luke, P.A. [5143], Tanzania K000354233
    Harvey, Y.B. [43], Kenya K000354204
    Bruce, E.R. [1019], Tanzania K000354227 paratype
    Ngoundai, S. [380], Tanzania K000354230
    Twigg, L. [2203], Tanzania K000354224

    First published in Bull. Jard. Bot. Natl. Belg. 58: 401 (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: 401, fig. 17 (1988).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
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