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Family Ebenaceae

HAWAII - ENDEMIC

Diospyros sandwicensis   

Kanaio, Maui

HAWAIIAN PERSIMMON    LAMA

Locally common in dry & mesic, occasionally wet forests of the Main Hawaiian Islands.  Smooth pale green leaves 1.5 - 3.5 inches long, thick, waxy with fine hairs, young leaves reddish.  Orange 1 inch fruits are edible.  Both species were once lumped with Diospyros ferrea, a widespread species from Africa through the Pacific.