Diospyros senensis Klotzsch

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Diospyros senensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near lodges, Mana Pools NP

Diospyros senensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near lodges, Mana Pools NP

Diospyros senensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near lodges, Mana Pools NP

Diospyros senensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp

Diospyros senensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp

Diospyros senensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp

Diospyros senensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp

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Synonyms: Diospyros shirensis Hiern
Common names: Spiny jackal-berry (English)
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small tree armed with large, sharp spines. Bark grey, peeling to reveal a creamy underbark; trunks often distinctly fluted. Leaves, more or less narrowly obovate, 4-14 cm long, leathery, glossy dark green above, paler below more or less densely hairy on both surfaces; midrib sunken above, prominent below wit veining forming a distinct yellowish network; margin entire, hair-fringed when young. Flowers axillary in few-flowered clusters, creamy-white to yellowish. Fruit fleshy, ovoid to subspherical, c. 2 cm in diameter, yellow, mostly hairless cupped in the calyx, enclosing the fruit about halfway.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: senensis: from Sena on the Zambezi River in Mozambique
Habitat: In deciduous woodland and thicket.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1000 m
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
Growth form(s):
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Images last updated: Saturday 3 December 2011
Literature:

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 908 - 909.

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

White, F. (1983). Ebenaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 264 - 265.


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African Plant Database: Diospyros senensis
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Diospyros senensis
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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 senensis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=144060, retrieved 28 June 2016

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