Trees or shrubs without milky juice and with a heavy wood. Leaves alternate, exstipulate, coriaceous, entire lufloreseenee axillary. Flowers by abortion dioecious seldom perfect. Cal. free, 3 to 6-cleft, divisions nearly equal, persistent. Corolla regular 3 to 6-cleft, often pubescent, imbricato in asstivation. Stamens twice or 4 times as many as the lobes of tho corolla. Fr. a fleshy, oval or globous berry. Seeds large, suspended, albuminous.
Genera 10, species 160, mostly native of the Indies and the tropics, one only being found as far North jus N. V.
Properties.-Diospyros is remarkable for the hardness and (lark color of the wood. Ebony is the wood of I). Ebenus, Ebenaster, and other species, natives of Africa. The fruit of the species below is eatable when fully ripe, although extremely bitter and astringent before maturity. The bark is eminently febrifugal and astringent.
DIOSPY'ROS, Dalesch. Persimmon, Fls, , Cal, 4-6-lobed; cor. tubular or campanulate, 4-6-cleft, convolute in aestivation. Sta. 8-50, mostly 16 ; fil. shorter than the anthers; ova, abortive ; sty 0. Sta. mostly 8, without anthers ; sty. 2-4-cleft; berry ovoid or globous, 4-12- mostly 8-celletl, cells 1-seeded.-A large genus of shrubs or trees, mostly tropical.
D. Virginiana L. Lvs, elliptic, abruptly acuminate, entire, smooth, petioles, veins and margins puberulent; rac. axillary, 3 to 1-flowered, pedicels shorter than the flowers; cal. 4-parted ; stam. 8-In woods, lat. 42°, to Fla. and La., frequent. A shrub or small tree at the North, a tree of large dimensions South and West Leaves 3-5' long, entire, glaucous beneath. Flowers obscure, pale greenish-yellow, the fertile one3 succeeded by a round, orange-red fruit as large as the garden plum, and containing 6-8 stony seeds. They are rendered sweet and palata-ble by the frost. Bark tonic and astringent. Jn,