Diospyros loureiriana G. Don
subsp. loureiriana

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Diospyros loureiriana subsp. loureiriana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park.

Diospyros loureiriana subsp. loureiriana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park.

Diospyros loureiriana subsp. loureiriana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park.

Diospyros loureiriana subsp. loureiriana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park.

Diospyros loureiriana subsp. loureiriana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park.

Diospyros loureiriana subsp. loureiriana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Sand Forest, Gorongosa National Park Loop

Diospyros loureiriana subsp. loureiriana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Sand Forest, Gorongosa National Park Loop

Diospyros loureiriana subsp. loureiriana

Photo: Warren McCleland
Pande, Inhassoro District.

Diospyros loureiriana subsp. loureiriana

Photo: Warren McCleland
Pande, Inhassoro District.

Diospyros loureiriana subsp. loureiriana

Photo: Mark Hyde
Nr Mphingwe, Catapu, Mozambique

Diospyros loureiriana subsp. loureiriana

Photo: Mark Hyde
Nr Mphingwe, Catapu, Mozambique

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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:
Flowering time:Oct-Dec
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, just entering northeastern South Africa
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS,GI
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Content last updated: Thursday 18 August 2016
Literature:

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 758. (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. 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 Zimbabwe: Diospyros loureiriana subsp. loureiriana

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Diospyros loureiriana
African Plant Database: Diospyros loureiriana
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Diospyros loureiriana
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Diospyros loureiriana
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Diospyros loureiriana
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Diospyros loureiriana
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Diospyros loureiriana
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Diospyros loureiriana
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Diospyros loureiriana
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Diospyros loureiriana
JSTOR Plant Science: Diospyros loureiriana
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Diospyros loureiriana
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Diospyros loureiriana
The Plant List (version 1.1): Diospyros loureiriana
Tropicos: Diospyros loureiriana


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Diospyros loureiriana subsp. loureiriana.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=143990, retrieved 25 May 2019

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