Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Metachlamydeae: Ericales

Ebenaceae - Ebony family

White, F. (1983) Ebenaceae Flora Zambesiaca 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 subsp. sericea

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

Other sources of information about Ebenaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Ebenaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Ebenaceae
Flora of Malawi: Ebenaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Ebenaceae
Flora of Zambia: Ebenaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Ebenaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Ebenaceae
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-15

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2015). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Ebenaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=79, retrieved 25 November 2015

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