Diospyros ferrea

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Diospyros ferrea
Diospyros ferrea (Willd.)Bakh.var.buxifolia (Rottb.)Bakh..jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ebenaceae
Genus: Diospyros
Species: D. ferrea
Binomial name
Diospyros ferrea
(Willd.) Bakh.
Synonyms
  • Ehretia ferrea Willd.
  • Diospyros ferrea var. buxifolia (Rottb.) Bakh.
  • Maba buxifolia (Rottb.) Juss.
  • Pisonia buxifolia Rottb.

Diospyros ferrea, known as black ebony, is a tree in the ebony family, distributed in Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malay Peninsula, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Laos (Khammouan).

Common names[edit]

  • Philippines - batulinau
  • Indonesia - bibisan, ai meten, wawama
  • Sri Lanka - Hik-ul-Haenda
  • French - ngavi du fourré littoral (‘ngavi’ of littoral thickets, Aubréville).
  • West African - GHANA ADANGME gblεt∫o (FRI) NIGERIA HAUSA kas kawami (KO&S) YORUBA paroko (KO&S) SENEGAL DIOLA (Bayot) é tikuñi (JB) MANDING-MANINKA ko gélin ko: tree (JB) WOLOF sélah (JB)

Distribution[edit]

From West Africa to India, Indo-China, north to the Ryukyu Islands, east to the Malesian area, Australia, Melanesia and Polynesia.

Uses[edit]

D. ferrea is reported to be an important source of black ebony, but this is doubtful because of the unsatisfactory taxonomy of the group involved.

References[edit]

  • Lemmens, R.H.M.J.; Soerianegara, I.; Wong, W.C., eds. (1995). Timber trees: Minor commercial timbers. Plant Resources of South-East Asia. 5. Leiden, the Netherlands: Backhuys Publishers. pp. 193–194. 

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