6406.000 Diospyros L.

Description of the genus

Trees shrubs or suffrutices. Leaves nearly always alternate; margin entire. Inflorescence cymose or fasciculate or flowers solitary. Calyx 3-8-lobed or cup-shaped and entire, usually accrescent. Corolla 3-8-lobed. Stamens 2-100 or more. Disk well-developed or not, sometimes fimbriate. Fruit usually a 2- or more seeded berry. Seed not subspherical (in ours), with 2 lines radiating from the apex. Two other more informal characters which may help one to recognise Diospyros spp. in the field are firstly that the growing tip (the young leaf) is held at an angle to the main stem and secondly that small leaves are often found on a branch amongst the larger more normal-sized leaves.

Worldwide: c. 475 species in the tropics

Zambia: 19 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Antiophlebia bracteata (Pearl spangled)
Botyodes asialis
Gonimbrasia belina (Mopane moth, Mopane worm, Anomalous emperor)
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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
abyssinica (Hiern) F. White subsp. abyssinica W,CCb,C,LkDescription, Image
abyssinica (Hiern) F. White subsp. chapmaniorum F. WhiteEMc
batocana HiernB,N,W,C,SNw,Lp,Mc,S,WDescription, Image
chamaethamnus Dinter ex Mildbr. BWDescription, Image
gabunensis Gürke NN
hoyleana F. White subsp. angustifolia F. White
kirkii HiernCb,N,E,Lk,SDescription, Image
kirkii-mespiliformis intermediates N,S
lycioides Desf. subsp. sericea (Bernh.) De WinterNw,N,Lk,SDescription, Image
mespiliformis Hochst. ex A. DC.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
mweroensis F. White [DD]NN
natalensis (Harv.) Brenan subsp. natalensis Lp,Mc,E,CImage
pseudomespilus Mildbr. subsp. brevicalyx F.White B,WNw
quiloensis (Hiern) F. WhiteC,SLk,SDescription, Image
senensis KlotzschC,E,SE,C,Lk,SDescription, Image
squarrosa KlotzschC,E,SE,C,Lk,SDescription, Image
virgata (Gürke) Brenan B,W,C,SNw,C,S,WImage
whyteana F. WhiteN,EN,McDescription, Image
zombensis (B.L. Burtt) F. WhiteN,EN,Mc,E

Other sources of information about Diospyros:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Diospyros
Flora of Caprivi: Diospyros
Flora of Malawi: Diospyros
Flora of Mozambique: Diospyros
Flora of Zimbabwe: Diospyros
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Diospyros

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Diospyros
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Diospyros
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Diospyros
Wikipedia: Diospyros
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Diospyros
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Diospyros

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-21

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2021). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Diospyros.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1078, retrieved 30 November 2021

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