Diospyros insularis is a tree
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use of its wood. It is banned from international trade in the round form, but is commonly expoted in the form of finished products.
Overexploitation and logging have resulted in the species becoming highly endangered, possibly critically endangered. The plant is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
Australasia - New Guinea (Bismarck Archipelago) to the Solomon Islands.
Primary lowland forest at elevations up to 50 metres[
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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[
The wood is used for carving artifacts, musical instruments and as a veneer[
Seed - in general the seed of Diospyros species 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[
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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