Diospyros

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Diospyros
Diospyros chloroxylon
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ebenaceae
Genus: Diospyros
L.
Species

450–500, see text

Synonyms

Cargillia R.Br.
Cavanillea Desr.
Ebenus Kuntze
Embryopteris Gaertn.
Guaiacana Duhamel
Idesia Scop.
Maba J.R.Forst. & G.Forst.
Mabola Raf.
Macreightia A.DC.
Noltia Thonn.
Paralea Aubl.
Pimia Seem.
Rhaphidanthe Hiern ex Gürke
Ropourea Aubl.
Royena L.
Tetraclis Hiern

Diospyros is a genus of about 450–500 species of deciduous and evergreen trees. Most are native to the tropics, with only a few species extending into temperate regions. They are commonly known as ebony or persimmon trees. The generic name is derived from the Greek words διός (dios), meaning "of Zeus" and πυρός (pyros), meaning "grain" and was originally applied to the Caucasian Persimmon (D. lotus).