Diospyros abyssinica (Hiern) F. White
subsp. abyssinica

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Diospyros abyssinica subsp. abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten

Diospyros abyssinica subsp. abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rochester, Vumba

Diospyros abyssinica subsp. abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rochester, Vumba

Diospyros abyssinica subsp. abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rochester, Vumba

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Synonyms: Diospyros welwitschii Hiern
Maba mualala Welw. ex Hiern
Common names: Giant diospyros (English) Munyakangu (Shona) Nyamakungu (Shona)
Frequency: Local
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.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: abyssinica: of Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
Habitat: In evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa from the Guinea Republic to Eritrea southwards to the FZ area and Angola.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Friday 20 July 2007
Literature:

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

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


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Diospyros abyssinica
Tropicos: Diospyros abyssinica
West African Plants database: Diospyros abyssinica


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Diospyros abyssinica subsp. abyssinica.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=143930, retrieved 29 June 2016

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