Diospyros australis—Black Plum, Yellow Persimmon, Grey Plum— EBENACEAE

Diospyros australis

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Habitat—Widespread in warmer rainforest.

Distribution— North from Batemans Bay in New South Wales to North Queensland

Description—Shrub or small tree, may rarely reach a height of 20m. Trunk cylindrical, slender, not flanged or buttressed. Bark grey on small trees, black on larger trees, wrinkled and marked with pimply lenticels and vertical lines.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head , Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Booti Hill, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Cliff Road, Copeland, Diamond Beach, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Cemetery, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, One Mile Beach, Red Head, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, Talawahl Nature Reserve, Tiona, Waitui Falls, Wallingat National Park and Zamia Place Reserve

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire, strongly 2—ranked with yellowish-green undersurface. Oblong to elliptic, 3 to 10 cm long, 1.5 to 4 cm wide, apex obtuse to bluntly pointed, thick and tough, upper surface green and shiny, lower surface glabrous or sparsely hairy, pale yellowish green and dull, venation obscure; petiole 2 to 5 mm long.

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Inflorescence—Flowers 4—merous. Male flowers clustered, female flowers 1 to 3 together. Fruiting calyx enlarged, not cupular.

Flowering.—October to December

Fruit—Glabrous, 10 to 15 mm diam seated in a 4 to 5 lobed green cap—like calyx., yellowish turning red and black containing one seed.

Ripe.—February to July

Diospyros australis