Diospyros fasciculosa (F.Muell.) F.Muell.
Mueller, F.J.H. von (1867) Intercolonial Exhibition Essays (1866-67) No. 5 Australian vegetation : 35.
Clustered Persimmon; Ebony; Ebony, Grey; Long Tom; Grey Ebony
Tree to 20 m, seldom exceeding 30 cm dbh. A thin red layer may occur between the inner and outer blaze.
Leaf blades about 6-19 x 2.5-7 cm, petioles about 0.5-1.0 cm long, flat to slightly grooved on the upper surface. glands sparsely scattered. Lateral veins 6-10, curving but not forming distinct loops. Oil dots visible with a lens.
Male inflorescence axes usually 3-12 in axillary fascicles, each axis branched with 3-10 flowers; calyx shallowly 3-4-lobed, sparsely clothed in pale appressed hairs; corolla campanulate, tube 2-2.5 mm long, glabrous, lobes 3-4; stamens 8-16(-20), fused at base in pairs, and fused at base to corolla tube; pistillode 0.5-0.75 mm long, glabrous. Female flowers 3-10 in a fascicle; calyx 3-4-lobed; corolla with 3-4 lobes; tube 2-2.5 mm long; staminodes 0-4; ovary 2-3 mm long, 6-locular.
Food plant for the larval stages of the Cephenes Blue Butterfly. Common & Waterhouse (1981).