African Ebony

Scientific Name
Diospyros mespiliformis Hochst. ex A.DC.
Higher Classification
Diospyros bicolor Klotzsch, Diospyros holtzii Gürke, Diospyros sabiensis Hiern, Diospyros senegalensis Perr. ex A.DC.
Common Names
African Ebony (e), Bush Matome (e), Ebbehout (a), Ebony (e), Hill Matome (e), Jackal Berry (e), Jakkalsbessie (a), Mierhout (a), Monkey Guava (e), Musuma (v), Transvaal Ebony (e), Transvaalebbehout (a), Umdhlausu (nd), Umdlawuzo (nd)
National Status
Status and Criteria
Least Concern
Assessment Date
W. Foden & L. Potter
This taxon was not selected in any one of four screening processes for highlighting potential taxa of conservation concern for detailed assessment and was hence given an automated status of Least Concern. The Threatened Species Programme is currently systematically completing full assessments for all taxa with an automated status. If you disagree with this taxon's status, please contact the Threatened Species Programme at the link below.
Not endemic to South Africa
Provincial distribution
Limpopo, Mpumalanga
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Diospyros mespiliformis Hochst. ex A.DC.Least Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)

Boon, R. 2010. Pooley's Trees of eastern South Africa. Flora and Fauna Publications Trust, Durban.

Raimondo, D., von Staden, L., Foden, W., Victor, J.E., Helme, N.A., Turner, R.C., Kamundi, D.A. and Manyama, P.A. 2009. Red List of South African Plants. Strelitzia 25. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.

Foden, W. & Potter, L. 2005. Diospyros mespiliformis Hochst. ex A.DC. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2023/02/02

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