Friday, May 12, 2017

Diospyros

Diospyros kaki

Diospyros is a genus belonging to the plant Family Ebenaceae. Diospyros virginiana, D. kaki (D. chinensis) and  D. whyteana are among the cultivated species of the genus. The fruits are commonly known as persimmons.  The fruits of D. kaki are available in Malaysia through importation. Some persimmon plants  are grown in Malaysia but production is  too small to have impact in Malaysian market.



Seeds and fruits of Diospyros kaki



In Malaysia the fruit of persimmons is called  buah pisang kaki. Literally in English it means "foot banana fruit".  When I was young, I always thought that Ravenala madagascariensis was the plant that was called pokok pisang kaki (foot banana plant). Thus, when I bought the fruit of foot banana plant, I thought that the fruit is the fruit of Ravenala madagascariensisFeeling curious, I searched the Internet and to my surprise the name buah pisang kaki is a misnomer. The species name "kaki" is not translatable to "foot", which is the Malay word for "foot".

 
 


 Top: Seedling in May 2016 
Middle and Bottom: Budding and regrowth in May 2017

The seedling above went into dormancy in October 2016 and only underwent regrowth about seven months later. Amazing!