Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Diospyros hemicycloides (F.Muell. ex Benth.) Jessup
Jessup, L.W. (2014) Austrobaileya 9(2): 178-179.
Tree to 18 m, often flowering and fruiting as a shrub. Outer dead bark and subrhytidome layer dark, sometimes almost black.
Outer surface of the calyx sparsely clothed in pale brown hairs, outer surface of the corolla (particularly the lobes) densely clothed in pale straight and tortuous hairs. Male inflorescence axes 2-9 mm long, with 3(-4) flowers. Male flowers: calyx tube 1.5-2 mm long, lobes 3; corolla tube 2.5-3.5 mm long, lobes 3(-4); stamens 7-9 (six in the outer whorl and three in the inner whorl), not adnate to corolla tube; pistillode 1-2 mm long. Female flowers usually solitary, rarely a 3-flowered cyme; calyx tube about 2-2.5 mm long, lobes 3; corolla tube 2.5-3 mm long, lobes of similar length; ovary hairy, about 2.2-2.5 mm long; style about 0.7-1 mm long; stigmas bifid.
Cotyledons almost orbicular, 12-14 mm diam. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade glabrous; midrib depressed or in a groove on the upper surface of the leaf blade. Seed germination time 47 days.
Maba hemicycloides F.Muell. ex Benth., Flora Australiensis 4: 290 (1868), Type: Rockingham Bay, 13 August 1866, J. Dallachy s.n. Ebenus hemicycloides (F.Muell. ex Benth.) Kuntze, Revisio Generum Plantarum 2: 408 (1891). Diospyros sp. Mt Lewis (L.S.Smith 10107).