Diospyros chamaethamnus Dinter ex Mildbr.

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Diospyros chamaethamnus

Picture: Warren McCleland
Ngonye Falls, Senanga District.

Diospyros chamaethamnus

Picture: Warren McCleland
Ngonye Falls, Senanga District.

Diospyros chamaethamnus

Picture: Warren McCleland
Ngonye Falls, Senanga District.

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Status: Native
Suffrutex growing from a rhizome, forming extensive colonies up to several meters wide. Stems mostly unbranched, usually up to 30 cm tall but up to 50 cm if protected from fires. Leaves usually more or less narrowly elliptic, discolorous, hairless and glossy green above, sparsely. finely rough hairy and greyish-green beneath. Flowers in subsessile, axillary 1-7-flowered clusters, unisexual., reddish. Fruit subglobose, c. 3.5 cm long, densely golden-brown hairy at least when young.
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Habitat: In various types of woodland, wooded grassland and at the edges of vleis, always on Kalahari sand.
Altitude range: 900 - 1000 m
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Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and Angola.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B
Zambian distribution (Provinces): W
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Content last updated: Thursday 25 February 2016

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 518 - 519. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 46.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 54.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 206.

White, F. (1983). Ebenaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 277 - 279. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Diospyros chamaethamnus.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=210360, retrieved 5 March 2024

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