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Date-plum Diospyros lotus (Ebenaceae) HEIGHT to 14m <br />
Small, deciduous tree. BARK Grey or pink-tinged, broken by fissures into small plates. BRANCHES Spreading. LEAVES Ovate or lanceolate with pointed tips and untoothed margins, dark glossy green above and greyer below; young leaves are downy above. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Flowers bell-shaped and salmon-pink or orange-yellow. Male and female flowers on separate trees, males clustered and smaller than single females, which are about 5mm long. Fruit is a 2cm-long, edible berry; ripens from green, through yellow-brown to blue-black. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION Native of SW Asia, planted here occasionally.
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Date-plum Diospyros lotus (Ebenaceae) HEIGHT to 14m
Small, deciduous tree. BARK Grey or pink-tinged, broken by fissures into small plates. BRANCHES Spreading. LEAVES Ovate or lanceolate with pointed tips and untoothed margins, dark glossy green above and greyer below; young leaves are downy above. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Flowers bell-shaped and salmon-pink or orange-yellow. Male and female flowers on separate trees, males clustered and smaller than single females, which are about 5mm long. Fruit is a 2cm-long, edible berry; ripens from green, through yellow-brown to blue-black. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION Native of SW Asia, planted here occasionally.

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Date: 11 Dec 2005
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Credit: PAUL STERRY/NPL
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