Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Metachlamydeae

Ebenaceae - Ebony family

White, F. (1983) Ebenaceae FZ 7(1)

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs or suffrutices. Stipules 0. Leaves simple, usually alternate (sometimes opposite, subopposite or whorled in some spp. of Euclea) and entire. Flowers actinomorphic, hypogynous, unisexual but usually with the rudiments of the other sex present, 3-8-merous. Calyx gamosepalous, persistent in fruit, in Diospyros usually accrescent. Corolla gamopetalous. Stamens 3-100 or more. Ovary with 2-8 carpels, each carpel with 2 ovules. Fruit usually a berry.

Worldwide: 2 genera and 485 species, mostly tropical and warm areas with a few temperate species.

Zimbabwe: 2 genera and 26 taxa.

Diospyros lycioides

More sample images from the Ebenaceae (Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record)

Euclea crispa subsp. crispa

Euclea crispa subsp. crispa

Diospyros kirkii

Diospyros kirkii

Diospyros mespiliformis

Diospyros mespiliformis

Diospyros senensis

Diospyros senensis

Diospyros natalensis subsp. natalensis

Diospyros natalensis subsp. natalensis

Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

GenusContent
Diospyros L.Description, Image
Euclea L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Ebenaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Ebenaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Ebenaceae
Flora of Zambia: Ebenaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Ebenaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Ebenaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=79, retrieved 23 November 2014

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