Diospyros pentamera —Myrtle Ebony, Grey Persimmon, Black Myrtle, Grey Plum—EBEBACEAE

Diospyros pentamera

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Habitat—Widespread in rainforest in coastal areas, Subtropical, Dry and Littoral.

Distribution— North from Bateman's Bay in New South Wales and to North Queensland

Description—Small to medium-sized tree to 30m, occasionally to 40m with dense, dark pyramid shaped crown. Trunk straight, tall, cylinderical, channelled and irregular in large trees. Bark dark grey to almost black, rough and scaly on large trees.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Booti Hill, Burgess Beach, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Coocumbac Island, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, One Mile Beach, Red Head, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, The Islands, Tiona, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire, oil dots minute, stems zig—zag, two—ranked, lanceolate to narrow-elliptic, 3 to 10 cm long, 1 to 3.5 cm wide, apex ± acute, tough to stiff, upper surface glabrous, dark green and shining, lower surface glabrous or sparsely hairy, pale with a yellowish grey tinge, lateral and reticulate veins distinct; petiole 2 to 5 mm long.

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Inflorescence.— 5—Merous, in shortly stalked clusters of 3 to 5. White, sweetly perfumed, bell shaped. Female single, male in clusters of 3 to 5 in leaf axils.

Flowering.—September to December

Fruit—±A globose berry,solitary to 10 mm diam., yellow, turning reddish; calyx cupular, lobes appressed or only slightly spreading.

Ripe.—October to February

Diospyros pentamera