Native Plants Queensland
Townsville Branch
           PO Box 363 Aitkenvale Qld 4814

 

 

 

 

 Diospyros geminata 
Ebenaceae 
Scaly Ebony, Iron Tree
 

 

 

 Form and size: A small tree, usually not exceeding 4-6m in height

Distribution: Qld. and PNG; wide spread in dry rainforest and vine thickets

Leaves: Broadly oval, 3-7.5cm long, blunt or rounded apex, often tapered to the base, leathery to stiff, with a waxy appearance, 3-4 visible glands on the undersurface toward the base, dark green above, paler beneath

Bark:  Fissured, dark and scaly

Flowers: Separate male and female flowers, small, cream to green in colour

Flowering Period: July to August

Fruit: An oval berry 8-12mm x 6-8mm, yellow ripening to orange/red, held in a prominent cup-like calyx;
sometimes paired -  hence “geminata”- twins

Cultivation /Notes: Propagate from seed
This is a slow growing plant – the fruit are pleasantly edible when ripe