Leaves alternate, 2-ranked, branchlets often zigzag; frequently minute translucent dots visible in thinner leaves, not aromatic when crushed.
Flowers usually 3–5-merous; calyx persistent and often markedly enlarged in fruit.
Fruit a ± succulent berry.
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|1||Leaves yellowish green on lower surface, glabrous or glabrescent; buds pubescent, young stems and leaves glabrous or minutely pubescent||2|
|Leaves not yellowish green on lower surface, hairy below, sometimes sparsely so; buds, young stems and leaves pubescent||4|
|2||Leaves mostly more than 8 cm long; petiole and midvein yellowish; buds and young shoots glabrescent; calyx lobes 3||Diospyros fasciculosa|
|Leaves usually less than 8 cm long; petiole and midvein not yellowish; buds and young shoots pubescent; calyx lobes 4 or 5|
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|3||Leaves lanceolate to ovate, apex acute; secondary veins prominent on both surfaces, forming angle of 70–900 with the midvein; calyx lobes 5||Diospyros pentamera|
|Leaves oblong, apex obtuse or bluntly pointed; secondary veins obscure below, visible above, forming angle of c. 450 with the midvein; calyx lobes 4|
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|4||Leaves with secondary veins prominent, curving out to the margin, 7–9 pairs; petiole 2–7 mm long; lamina distinctly hairy below, especially along veins and margins; calyx lobes 4||Diospyros mabacea|
|Leaves with secondary veins distinct but not prominent, more or less straight, more than 12 pairs; petiole less than 3 mm long; lamina sparsely hairy below; calyx lobes 3|
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