Diospyros confertiflora (Hiern.) Bakh., Gard. Bull. S. S. 7 (1933)
Latin for 'with crowded flowers'.
Ebenus confertiflora (Hiern) Kuntze
Maba confertiflora Hiern.
Maba perakensis King & Gamble
Understorey tree up to 20 m tall and 39 cm dbh. Stipules absent. Leaves
alternate, simple, penni-veined, but secondary venation inconspicuous, glabrous.
Flowers ca. 3 mm in diameter, white, with corolla tube, placed in small bundles
in leaf axil. Fruit ca. 18 mm long, curved, yellow-orange, fleshy berry.
Tree to 20 m tall and 39 cm diameter. Twigs glabrous or bearing short (less than 0.1 cm) hairs,
tending to dry black. Leaves membranaceous to chartaceous, glabrous, or bearing short (less than
0.1 cm long) hairs, tending to dry black above and sometimes on both sides; lanceolate or oblong,
parallel-sided except where the blade tapered to base and apex, 2.5-9 x 1-5 cm, base cuneate to rounded,
apex acuminate; midrib sunken above but groove sometimes filled with small hairs; lateral veins
prominulous, c. 6 pairs, arching and diminishing toward leaf margin; intercostal venation invisible;
petiole 0.2-0.5 cm long. Male inflorescences 0.1-0.4 cm long, each bearing 3-12 tiny flowers. Male
flowers with calyx c. 0.1 cm long, divided into 3 triangular valvate lobes; corolla ellipsoid to oblong
in bud, 0.2-0.4 cm long. Female inflorescences 0.2-0.3 cm long, each bearing 1-3 flowers. Female flowers
with calyx divided into 3 imbricate lobes. Fruits solitary, on 0.2-0.3 cm long stalks, ovoid but
markedly asymmetric, with one side more strongly curved than the other, so that the pointed apex is
shifted off-centre, to 2.2 กม 1.3 cm, smooth and glabrous. Fruit calyx leafy coriaceous; lobes c. 0.5 x
0.5 cm, completely reflexed backwards. [from Tree Flora of Sabah and Sarawak]
In undisturbed and secondary forests, including keranga forest, up to 600 m
altitude. Mostly on alluvial sites, but also on hillsides and ridges with sandy
Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo.
Borneo: Kayu malam, Kayu malam pinang.