Diospyros squarrosa Klotzsch

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Diospyros squarrosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Diospyros squarrosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Diospyros squarrosa

Photo: Mark Hyde
Maringambizi, Mtoroshanga

Diospyros squarrosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hippo Pools, by Mazowe River

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Common names: Rigid star-berry (English)
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Shrub or straggling small tree. Leaves dull green, obovate, with conspicuous net-veining below, often with hairs along the midrib. Flowers axillary, solitary or in few-flowered clusters, creamy-white, fragrant. Fruit fleshy, almost spherical, somewhat flattened at the apex, yellow when ripe. The persistent calyx lobes are leaf-like and conspicuous.
Derivation of specific name: squarrosa: rough with stiff, spreading scales, bracts or other processes.
Habitat: Along streams and in riverine forest, on rocky hill sides and below granite kopjes.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1200 m
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: From Kenya to Mozambique, extending inland to Zambia and Zimbabwe along major river valleys; also an outlier in the DRC
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Images last updated: Friday 20 July 2007

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 755. (Includes a picture).

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

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 39.

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 81.

White, F. (1983). Ebenaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 260 - 262. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Diospyros squarrosa
Flora of Malawi: Diospyros squarrosa
Flora of Mozambique: Diospyros squarrosa
Flora of Zambia: Diospyros squarrosa

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Diospyros squarrosa
African Plant Database: Diospyros squarrosa
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Diospyros squarrosa
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Diospyros squarrosa
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Diospyros squarrosa
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Diospyros squarrosa
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Diospyros squarrosa
JSTOR Plant Science: Diospyros squarrosa
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Diospyros squarrosa
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Diospyros squarrosa
Plants of the World Online: Diospyros squarrosa
Tropicos: Diospyros squarrosa
Wikipedia: Diospyros squarrosa

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Diospyros squarrosa.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=144070, retrieved 2 December 2022

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