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Diospyros sp. Mt Spurgeon (C.T.White 10677)

Family

Ebenaceae

Botanical Name

Diospyros sp. Mt Spurgeon (C.T.White 10677)

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Stem

A small tree not exceeding 30 cm dbh.

Leaves

About 5-10 flat glands on the underside of the leaf blade on either side of the midrib. Leaf blades about 5-9 x 2-3 cm. Midrib depressed on the upper surface. Reticulate veins +/- parallel. Buds and young shoots clothed in pale brown prostrate hairs.

Flowers

Outer surface of the calyx and corolla densely clothed in pale prostrate hairs. Male flowers: Stamens 16, fused in pairs in two whorls. Female flowers: Flowers about 8 mm long. Calyx tube about 3-4 mm long, densely hairy on the inner surface near the base, lobes less than 1 mm long. Corolla about 7 mm long, densely clothed in prostrate hairs on the outer surface, sparsely hairy on the inner surface. Staminodes 8, opposite and alternating with the petals, almost obscured by a tuft of long, pale brown, erect hairs. Ovary about 2.5 x 2 mm, clothed in prostrate hairs. Style divided near the apex into 4 stigmas. Style and stigmas about 2 mm long.

Fruit

Fruits seated in a short truncate puberulous cup. Fruits globular to ellipsoid, about 12-15 mm diam.

Seedlings

'Durian' germination. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade elliptic to lanceolate, apex acuminate, base attenuate, midrib depressed on the upper surface; terminal bud clothed in pale, almost white hairs.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to NEQ, restricted to the Mt Lewis-Mt Spurgeon area. Altitudinal range from 1100-1200 m. Grows in mountain rain forest on granite.

NEQ

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Tree

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RFK Code

932