Diospyros loureiriana G. Don
subsp. loureiriana

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Diospyros loureiriana subsp. loureiriana

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Jamanda Wilderness Area, Mehenye

Diospyros loureiriana subsp. loureiriana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Jamanda Wilderness Area, Mehenye

Diospyros loureiriana subsp. loureiriana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Jamanda Wilderness Area, Mehenye

Diospyros loureiriana subsp. loureiriana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Jamanda Wilderness Area, Mehenye

Diospyros loureiriana subsp. loureiriana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chipote, Mahenye, Ndowoyo CL.

Diospyros loureiriana subsp. loureiriana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chipote, Mahenye, Ndowoyo CL.

Diospyros loureiriana subsp. loureiriana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chipote, Mahenye, Ndowoyo CL.

Diospyros loureiriana subsp. loureiriana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chipote, Mahenye, Ndowoyo CL.

Diospyros loureiriana subsp. loureiriana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chipote, Mahenye, Ndowoyo CL.

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Synonyms: Diospyros usambarensis F. White subsp. usambarensis
Common names: Dye star-apple (English) Sand star-apple (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small tree. Bark grey to blackish, rough. Leaves crowded at the ends of branches, obovate to elliptic, 3-11 cm, leathery, glossy green, hairless or with hairs along the veins; margin entire. Flowers axillary in few-flowered clusters, white. Fruit fleshy, spherical, 1.5-2.5 cm in diameter, yellow, cupped in leaf-like lobes, c. 3 cm, often almost totally enclosing the fruit.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: loureiriana: named after J. de Loureiro (1715-1796), Portuguese missionary and scientist, one of the first Europeans to collect plants in Subsaharan Africa.
Habitat: On sandy soils in woodland and thickets, on rocky slopes and riverine fringes.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Oct-Dec
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, just entering northeastern South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Friday 20 July 2007
Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 267. As Diospyros usambarensis usambarensis

White, F. (1983). Ebenaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 266 - 268. As Diospyros usambarensis usambarensis (Includes a picture).


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Flora of Malawi: Diospyros loureiriana subsp. loureiriana
Flora of Mozambique: Diospyros loureiriana subsp. loureiriana

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African Plant Database: Diospyros loureiriana
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Diospyros loureiriana
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Diospyros loureiriana
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Diospyros loureiriana
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Diospyros loureiriana
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Diospyros loureiriana
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Diospyros loureiriana
Ispot Southern Africa : Diospyros loureiriana
JSTOR Plant Science: Diospyros loureiriana
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Diospyros loureiriana
Tropicos: Diospyros loureiriana
West African Plants database: Diospyros loureiriana


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 loureiriana subsp. loureiriana.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=143990, retrieved 1 October 2016

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