Diospyros atropurpurea Gürke
Diospyros coccinea Gürke ex De Wild.
Diospyros flavescens Gürke
Diospyros mimfiensis Gürke
Diospyros nyangensis Pellegr.
Diospyros temvoensis De Wild.
Diospyros dendo is a tree growing up to 17 metres tall with a bole that is often twisted and slightly fluted and is up to 1 metre in girth, but usually less[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a timber, source of tannins and food.
Tropical west Africa - S Nigeria and W Cameroons, extending to Zaire and Angola.
Lowland evergreen forest[
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A tree of the lowland, moist tropics[
We have seen no individual confirmation for this species, but in general Diospyros species are dioecious and require both male and female forms to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
]. Taken as a supplementary food[
The bark yields a dye and a tanning material[
The wood is strong, dense and durable[
]. It is a 'brown ebony' with black streaks in the heart-wood which is very hard and amounts to about one third of the diameter of the main stem[
]. It is potentially usable for timber, and it makes a good firewood[
]. It is used for turnery and inlay work[
Seed - it has a very short viability and so should be sown as soon as possible[
]. The flesh should be removed since this contains germination inhibitors[
]. Sow the seed in a shady position in a nursery seedbed. The sowing media for ebony uses soil and fine sand at the ratio 3:1. The seed is planted horizontally or vertically with
the radicle end down, with a sowing depth of 1 - 1½ times the thickness of seed. Distance between the seeds is 3 - 5cm. Seeds are very sensitive to desiccation during germination and early growth, so must be regularly watered at this time[
]. Normally the seed will germinate after one week. In one trial, fresh seed, sown one day after collection, showed 85% germination rate within 17 - 65 days[
As a rule fresh seeds have a high percentage of fertility. The seedlings develop long taproots at an early stage, often before any appreciable elongation of the shoot takes place. The growth of the seedling is decidedly slow [
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