Diospyros diepenhorstii (PROSEA)

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Diospyros diepenhorstii Miq.

Family: Ebenaceae


  • Diospyros copelandi Merr.,
  • Diospyros pyrifera Ridley,
  • Diospyros juppii Merr.

Vernacular names

  • Indonesia: jambu dipo, belimbing utan (Sumatra)
  • Malaysia: arang, buey (Peninsular)
  • Philippines: balarowin (Mindoro).


Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, the Philippines.


The fruits are edible but acid.


  • Dioecious tree, 5-25 m tall.
  • Leaves oblong to subelliptical, 10-40 cm × 3-12 cm, calyx and corolla 4-7-lobed.
  • Fruit an obovoid to pyriform berry, 6-10 cm × 5-6 cm with 8-16 seeds.

Flowering and fruiting possible year-round but mainly from April to December.

Selected sources

  • Bakhuizen van den Brink, R.C., 1936-1941. Contributions à l'étude de la flore des Indes Néerlandaises 33. Revisio Ebenacearum Malayensium. Bulletin du Jardin Botanique, Buitenzorg, Série 3. Vol. 15.


P.C.M. Jansen, J. Jukema, L.P.A. Oyen, T.G. van Lingen