Sp. Pl. 2: 1057. 1753 ,
Phenology: Flowering Mar–Jun; fruiting Aug–Dec.
Habitat: Forests, seasonally flooded bottomlands, dry ridgetops, abandoned agricultural land
Elevation: 0-1100 m
Ala., Ark., Conn., Del., Fla., Ga., Ill., Ind., Iowa, Kans., Ky., La., Md., Miss., Mo., N.J., N.Y., N.C., Ohio, Okla., Pa., S.C., Tex., Va., W.Va.
The extensive morphological variation in Diospyros virginiana, coupled with variable chromosomal races, merits further taxonomic study. Pubescent leaves and purple fruits, most common in the Ozark region, suggest past hybridization with D. texana. These and other distinctive traits may characterize whole clonal groves through root-suckering. The fruits were an important food for wildlife, native peoples, and Euro-American colonists, but have never been effectively commercialized, despite selection of superior clones over the years. Wild persimmons are extremely astringent until thoroughly ripe. The tough, hard wood has been used for shuttles and heads of golf clubs.
|Author||James E. Eckenwalder +|
|Common name||Possumwood +|
|Distribution||Ala. +, Ark. +, Conn. +, Del. +, Fla. +, Ga. +, Ill. +, Ind. +, Iowa +, Kans. +, Ky. +, La. +, Md. +, Miss. +, Mo. +, N.J. +, N.Y. +, N.C. +, Ohio +, Okla. +, Pa. +, S.C. +, Tex. +, Va. + and W.Va. +|
|Elevation||0-1100 m +|
|Habitat||Forests, seasonally flooded bottomlands, dry ridgetops, abandoned agricultural land +|
|Illustration copyright||Flora of North America Association +|
|Illustrator||Barbara Alongi +|
|Phenology||Flowering Mar–Jun + and fruiting Aug–Dec. +|
|Publication title||Sp. Pl. +|
|Publication year||1753 +|
|Source xml||https://email@example.com/aafc-mbb/fna-data-curation.git/src/f50eec43f223ca0e34566be0b046453a0960e173/coarse grained fna xml/V8/V8 514.xml +|
|Synonyms||Diospyros mosieri +, Diospyros virginiana var. mosieri +, Diospyros virginiana var. platycarpa + and Diospyros virginiana var. pubescens +|
|Taxon family||Ebenaceae +|
|Taxon name||Diospyros virginiana +|
|Taxon parent||Diospyros +|
|Taxon rank||species +|
|Volume||Volume 8 +|