Diospyros Linn., Sp.Pl. 1057. 1753. Gen.Pl.ed.5.1027.1754; Boiss.,Fl.Or.4:33.1879; Clarke in Hook.f.,Fl. Brit.Ind.3:553.1882; Grubov in Shiskin & Bobrov, Fl. URSS. 18:476.1952; Rech.f.,Fl.Iran. 30:1.1966; Tutin in Tutin et al., F1.Eur.3:52.1972.
Dioecious shrubs and trees. Leaves alternate, entire. Flowers 4-5-merous. Calyx reflexed in fruit. Male flowers with stamens in 2 rows. Styles 1-6, ± united at the base, stigmas capitate. Berry globose.
A large genus of c. 200 species. Only 2 species are found in Pakistan, one cultivated and the other probably naturalised.
Burkill, (Working List Pl. Baluch. 46.1909) records Diospyros tomentosa Roxb. without locality and collector. I have not seen any material of this species from Baluchistan; the record needs to be confirmed.