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Leaves and fruits. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Diospyros humilis (R.Br.) F.Muell.
Mueller, F.J.H. von (1867) Intercolonial Exhibition Essays 1866-67, No. 5. Australian vegetation: 35. Type: ?.
Maba humilis R.Br., Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae: 527(1810), Type: v.v. absque floribus. R. Brown. Diospyros ferrea var. humilis (R.Br.) Bakh., Bulletin du Jardin Botanique de Buitenzorg Series 3 15: 57(1937), Type: ?. Ebenus humilis (R.Br.) Kuntze, Revisio Generum Plantarum 2: 408(1891), Type: ?. Maba ovata F.Muell., Hooker's Journal of Botany & Kew Garden Miscellany 8: 326(1856), Type: ?. Maba obovata R.Br., Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae: 527(1810), Type: v.v. [given by A.P.Hiern, Trans. Cambr. Philos. Soc. 12 (1873) 119]. R. Brown. Ebenus obovata (R.Br.) Kuntze, Revisio Generum Plantarum 2: 408(1891), Type: ?.
Ebony, Black; Ebony, Native; Ebony, Queensland; Ebony, Small Leaved; Ebonywood; Long Tom; Queensland Ebony; Ebony, Australian; Black Ebony; Australian Ebony; Small Leaved Ebony; Ebony Wood; Native Ebony
Dead bark quite dark, almost black, layered. Pale brown brittle stripes in the blaze. Innermost layers of heartwood almost black in larger trees.
Leaf blade generally rather small, about 1.5-4 cm long. Lateral veins scarcely visible on fresh material.
Male flowers: Outer surface of the calyx +/- glabrous, but the outer surface of the corolla lobes densely clothed in pale straight and tortuous hairs. Stamens nine (six in the outer whorl and three in the inner whorl). Female flower features not available.
Cotyledons ovate to elliptic, 10-13 x 28 mm. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade glabrous on the upper surface; midrib flush with the upper surface of the leaf blade; petiole hairy and a few scattered hairs present along the midrib on the undersurface of the leaf blade.
Distribution and Ecology
Occurs in WA, NT, CYP, NEQ and southwards to south-eastern Queensland. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 850 m. Grows in monsoon forest, beach forest and other similar communities. Also occurs in New Guinea.
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)