Male flower. Copyright Barry Jago
Fruit, five views, longitudinal section, cross section and seed. Copyright W. T. Cooper
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Diospyros cupulosa (F.Muell.) F.Muell.
Mueller, F.J.H. von (1866) Intercolonial Exhibition Essays 1866
Maba cupulosa F.Muell., Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 5: 164(1865), Type: Ad sinum Rockinghams Bay. Dallachy.. Maba rufa Labill., Sertum Austro-Caledonicum: 33(1825), Type: ? (not cited). Maba sericocarpa F.Muell., Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 5: 164(1865), Type: Ad sinum Rockinghams Bay. Dallachy. Diospyros seriocarpa F.Muell., Intercolonial Exhibition Essays 1866 -1 867, No. 5 Australian Vegetation: 35(1867), Type: ?.
Outer dead bark brown to almost black in colour.
Leaf blades about 6.5-12 x 3-4 cm. Oil dots visible with a lens. Scattered black glands usually visible on the underside of the leaf blade. Petiole grooved on the upper surface and midrib depressed on the upper surface. Young shoots clothed in brown prostrate silky hairs. Lateral veins inconspicuous.
Male flowers about 6-8 mm long. Outer surface of the calyx and corolla clothed in brown appressed hairs. Stamens about 3-5. Female flower features not available.
Fruits seated in a three or 4-lobed sericeous cup (persistent calyx). Fruits sericeous, ovoid-ellipsoid, about 12-15 mm diam.
Cotyledons ovate, obtuse at the base, about 18-20 x 12-14 mm. Oil dots small, visible only with a lens. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade hairy on the upper surface. Oil dots small, visible only with a lens. One to six black glands visible on the underside of the leaf blade on each side of the midrib. Terminal bud, stem and petiole densely clothed in long pale brown hairs.
Distribution and Ecology
Occurs in CYP and NEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 800 m. Grows in a variety of rain forest types but often found in drier rain forest. Also occurs in New Caledonia.
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)