Diospyros ferrea (Willd.) Bakh., Gard. Bull. Straits Settlem. 7: 162 (1933). (Syn: Diospyros angustifolia (Miq.) Kosterm., Diospyros egbert-walkeri Kosterm., Diospyros ferrea var. angustifolia (Miq.) Bakh. …………..; Diospyros nigrescens (Dalzell) C.J.Saldanha in C.J.Saldanha & D.H. Nicolson, Diospyros salomonensis (Bakh.) Kosterm., Diospyros vera (Lour.) A.Chev., Ebenoxylum verum Lour., Ebenus lamponga (Miq.) Kuntze, Ebenus nigrescens (Dalzell) Kuntze, Ferreola buxifolia (Rottb.) Roxb., Ferreola ebenus Stokes, Ferreola guineensis Schumach. & Thonn., Maba angustifolia Miq., Maba buxifolia (Rottb.) Pers., Maba cumingiana A.DC. in A.P.de Candolle, Maba ebenoxylon G.Don, Maba ebenus Wight, Maba guineensis A.DC. in A.P.de Candolle, Maba lamponga Miq.,Maba madagascariensis A.DC. in A.P.de Candolle, Maba nigrescens Dalzell in N.A.Dalzell & A.Gibson, Maba papuana Hiern, Maba secundiflora Hutch., Maba smeathmannii A.DC. in A.P.de Candolle, Maba vacciniifolia Benth. in W.J.Hooker, as per WCSP;
Diospyros ferrea (Willdenow) Bakhuizen, Gard. Bull. Straits Settlem., ser. 3. 7: 162. 1933. (Ehretia ferrea Willdenow, Phytographia 1: 4. 1794; Diospyros ferrea (Willdenow) Bakhuizen var. buxifolia (Rottboell) Bakhuizen; Maba buxifolia (Rottboell) A. L. Jussieu; Pisonia buxifolia Rottboell.) as per Flora of China;
Small trees to 4 m tall; bark dark grey, fissured, rough. Leaves alternate, 1-2.5 x 1-1.8 cm, obovate-oblong or spathulate, base cuneate to attenuate, apex obtuse to emarginate, coriaceous; petiole to 2 mm long. Flowers 1-3, in axillary fascicles, white. Male flower: calyx pale yellowish, c. 2 mm long, cup-shaped, lobes 3, 1-1.5 mm long, triangular-ovate, acute; corolla tube 5 -6 mm long, tubular, lobes 3, 1 -1.5 mm long, oblong-ovate, acute ; stamens 6, c. 2 mm long. Female flower: similar to male one; ovary c. 2 mm long, globose, silky-pubescent, stigmas 3. Berry 5-7 mm long, subglobose, yellow to brownish red. Seeds 1-3, c. 4 mm long, wedge-shaped.
Flowering and fruiting: February-May
Dry deciduous forests
India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, North Australia and Africa
02082017BHAR1 : 8 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2)
Found in Vandalur forest. Chennai.
Diospyros ferrea (Willd.) Bakh. (Syn.: Maba buxifolia)
Looks like Ehretia microphylla
No, its Diospyros ferrea.
Orange Coloured Fruits : 1 image. 3 posts by 3 authors.
I recently had a chance to visit a reserve forest (Nanmangalam) in Chennai. I was amazed to see a good number of interesting insects fluttering around. It is a dry shrub jungle, with few interesting wildlife.
We found these bright yellowish orange coloured fruits growing small thorny shrubs during the trail.
Would be grateful for any info shared on this. Would love to learn the id.
The shrub is Diospyros ferrea (Willd.) Bakh. common and it is abundant in distribution at Nanmangalam RF and other Reserve Forests around Chennai.
Diospyros ferrea (Willd.) Bakh SN Feb- 17 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1).
Diospyros ferrea (Willd.) Bakh, (= Maba buxifolia Rottb.) Juss.); Fam: Ebenaceae
shrub small tree, wood hard, leaves coriaceous.
scrub jungle, South Chennai
Diospyros vera : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Found in Maagaaniam RF Kanchipuram district.
MS/ID/2020/AUGUST/1 – Please ID the plant. : 9 posts by 3 authors.
Please ID the plant photographs received from Chennai with a tag Diospyros sps. Photographed recently.
Image not so clear !
Yes … I will request the person who sent photos to send clear pictures.
I am enclosing few closeup photographs of the foliage.
Does not match the images of C.japonica.
Possibly D.ferrea. Check this link.
Are the fruits edible?
Anmod Ghat :: Diospyros angustifolia :: DVFEB58/91 : 3 posts by 3 authors. 3 images.
Anmod Ghat … NH4A descending from Anmod, Karnataka to Mollem, Goa
Date: 23 APR 2011 … Altitude: descends from about 640 m asl to 90 m asl
Diospyros angustifolia (Miq.) Kosterm. … (family: Ebenaceae)
Thanks, …, for the wonderful posts.
Diospyros angustifolia (Miq.) Kosterm., Ceylon J. Sci., Biol. Sci. 12: 106 (1977), nom. illeg. is a syn. of Diospyros ferrea (Willd.) Bakh., Gard. Bull. Straits Settlem. 7: 162 (1933). as per WCSP.
Plant for ID 2 SMP 09062010 : 20 posts by 8 authors. Attachments (2)
Apart from tha data in box. I can’t say anything more about this
It looks likes some Diospyros. Do you have close up fruits and upper surface of leaf?
To me it does not look like D. peregrina (now D. malabarica) in which fruits are almost globose, rust coloured when young, yellow when ripe. This one may be D. kaki, but not very sure.
In one of the studies following species of Diospyros have been reported at Amboli.
… to me it looks closest to D. candolleana according to Dr. Almeida’s flora.
Pl.check for Xantolis tomentosa
Sorry …. it doesn’t appear to be from Sapotaceae family.
This plant is certainly a species of Diospyros for sure. My
It cant be any of the following species as mentioned in an earlier
mail. I thihnk it is by Sathishji as all these species do have
glabrous leaves and branchlets.
D.negrescens (Dalzell) C.J.Saldanha
Thanks for the information.
This is Diospyros ebenum Koen. ex Retz. syn Maba nigrescens.
This is not D. ebenum for sure because D. ebenum leaves and branches are glabrous! Further, the leaves are thicker and larger!
just referred to the biotik western ghats flora on the net. All the Diospyros species are trees ranging from upto 8 m to 25 m and so on. You have mentioned shrub are you sure it was not a small tree? Please check. After referring I still feel it comes close to D. candolleana and also D. augutifolia. It is not D. saldanhae which is mentioned as having leaves densely hirsute, and berry, conical or ellisoid ovate with dense rufous bristles. Both characteristics not matching your pics.
Yes … I am also in favour of the opinion that it is not D.saldhanae. It is close to D.angustifolia.
Regarding habitat……..it may be considered as small tree or a shrub as I might have encountered some less grown trees at places. Anyway this plant is abundant in the region.
Yes I agree, closest to D. augustifolia (Miq) Kostern.
Sorry, I meant to say D. nigrescens syn Maba nigrescens when I wrongly quoted D. ebenum. This plant is common at Amboli.
I agree with …, this plant could most probably be Diospyros
Thanks … We can conclude that it is Diospyros nigrescens(Syn. Moba nigrescens) from Ebenaceae.
Info from Dr. Almeida’s flora Vol III pg 178: Maba angustifolia Miq., other names: Diospyros angustifolia (Miq.) Kosterman , Maba nigrescens Dalz., D. nigrescens (Dalz. ) Saldanha, Maba buxifolia (Bl.) Pers. var. angustifolia Twaites.