Diospyros abyssinica (Hiern) F. White
subsp. abyssinica

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Diospyros abyssinica subsp. abyssinica

Picture: Bart Wursten
Rochester, Vumba

Diospyros abyssinica subsp. abyssinica

Picture: Bart Wursten
Rochester, Vumba

Diospyros abyssinica subsp. abyssinica

Picture: Bart Wursten
Rochester, Vumba

Diospyros abyssinica subsp. abyssinica

Picture: Bart Wursten
Rochester, Vumba

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Synonyms: Diospyros welwitschii Hiern
Maba mualala Welw. ex Hiern
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Large tree with a relatively sparse and shortly branched crown. Leaves alternate, oblong-elliptic, glossy dark green; margin entire, wavy. Young leaves distinctly red. Flowers axillary, solitary or in few-flowered clusters, creamy-white to yellow. Fruit fleshy, spherical, held in a lobed cup, yellowish-green turning blue-black when ripe.
Type location:
Ethiopia
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: abyssinica: of Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
Habitat: In evergreen forest.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa from the Guinea Republic to Eritrea southwards to the FZ area and Angola.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): W,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,C,Lk
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Literature:

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 750. (Includes a picture).

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & White, F. (1990). New and noteworthy plants from the evergreen forests of Malawi Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 60(1/2) Page 77.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 266. As Diospyros abyssinica

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 64. as Maba mualala

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 80.

White, F. (1983). Ebenaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 262 - 264. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: Diospyros abyssinica subsp. abyssinica
Flora of Mozambique: Diospyros abyssinica subsp. abyssinica
Flora of Zimbabwe: Diospyros abyssinica subsp. abyssinica

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Diospyros abyssinica
African Plant Database: Diospyros abyssinica
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Diospyros abyssinica
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Diospyros abyssinica
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Diospyros abyssinica
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Diospyros abyssinica
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Diospyros abyssinica
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Diospyros abyssinica
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Diospyros abyssinica
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Diospyros abyssinica
Ispot Southern Africa: Diospyros abyssinica
JSTOR Plant Science: Diospyros abyssinica
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Diospyros abyssinica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Diospyros abyssinica
The Plant List (version 1.1): Diospyros abyssinica
Tropicos: Diospyros abyssinica


Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Diospyros abyssinica subsp. abyssinica.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=143930, retrieved 26 May 2019

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