Diospyros kirkii Hiern

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Diospyros kirkii

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Diospyros kirkii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank

Diospyros kirkii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank

Diospyros kirkii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank

Diospyros kirkii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank

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Synonyms: Diospyros baumii Gürke
Diospyros latifolia Gürke
Diospyros platyphylla Welw. ex Hiern
Common names: Large-leaved jackal-berry (English) Muchenje (Shona)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Small tree. Bark dark grey to blackish, very rough. Leaves spirally arranged, broadly elliptic to almost round, c. 8-18 cm long, dull green, hairy along the veins, particularly below; margin entire. Flowers in few-flowered axillary clusters, pinkish; covered in pinkish woolly hairs on the outside. Fruit fleshy, spherical, 3.5-4 cm in diameter, yellow to orange when ripe, tightly held in 4-5-lobed persistent calyx. The fruits are edible and much sought after.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: kirkii: named after Dr John Kirk, who accompanied David Livingstone on his Zambezi expedition of 1858
Habitat: Occurring on rocky ridges and outcrops and on sandy soils in open woodland, where it is often in large stands.
Altitude range: (metres) 350 - 1370 m
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Shaba-DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 4 July 2009
Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 266.

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

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

White, F. (1983). Ebenaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 284 - 286. (Includes a picture).


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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 kirkii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=143970, retrieved 27 August 2016

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