Diospyros senensis Klotzsch

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Diospyros senensis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Near lodges, Mana Pools NP

Diospyros senensis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Near lodges, Mana Pools NP

Diospyros senensis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Near lodges, Mana Pools NP

Diospyros senensis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp

Diospyros senensis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp

Diospyros senensis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp

Diospyros senensis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp

Diospyros senensis

Picture: Mark Hyde
Near the Mazowe and Umfurudzi Rivers confluence, near Hippo Pools

Diospyros senensis

Picture: Mark Hyde
Near the Mazowe and Umfurudzi Rivers confluence, near Hippo Pools

Diospyros senensis

Picture: Mark Hyde
Near the Mazowe and Umfurudzi Rivers confluence, near Hippo Pools

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Synonyms: Diospyros shirensis Hiern
Common names:
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Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small tree armed with large, sharp spines. Bark grey, peeling to reveal a creamy underbark; trunks often distinctly fluted. Leaves, more or less narrowly obovate, 4-14 cm long, leathery, glossy dark green above, paler below more or less densely hairy on both surfaces; midrib sunken above, prominent below wit veining forming a distinct yellowish network; margin entire, hair-fringed when young. Flowers axillary in few-flowered clusters, creamy-white to yellowish. Fruit fleshy, ovoid to subspherical, c. 2 cm in diameter, yellow, mostly hairless cupped in the calyx, enclosing the fruit about halfway.
Type location:
Mozambique
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: senensis: from Sena on the Zambezi River in Mozambique
Habitat: In deciduous woodland and thicket.
Altitude range: Up to 1000 m
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): E,C,Lk,S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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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 752. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 908 - 909.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 267.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 39.

White, F. (1983). Ebenaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 264 - 265.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Diospyros senensis
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Diospyros senensis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Diospyros senensis
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The Plant List (version 1.1): Diospyros senensis
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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 senensis.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=144060, retrieved 12 November 2019

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