Diospyros impolita is a rather poorly known tree species found only on the island of New Caledonia, in the southwest Pacific (1). It belongs to the Ebenaceae family, a group of small trees and shrubs which includes the ebonies and persimmons. Little information is available on Diospyros impolita, but like other members of this group it is likely to be characterised by having black bark, roots and heartwood (2) (3). Most Diospyros species grow as small- to medium-sized trees of the forest understory (3).
The leaves of Diospyros species are alternate and have smooth margins. The male flowers usually grow in small clusters, known as inflorescences, which arise from the leaf axils (the points where the leaves meet the stem of the plant). The female flowers are generally larger and slightly different in shape to the male flowers, and usually grow alone (2) (3).
In most Diospyros species, the flowers are articulated at the base and are regular in shape. The petals are commonly fused into a tube, usually with three to eight contorted lobes at the tip (2) (3). Like other members of the Ebenaceae family, Diospyros impolita probably has white, cream or pinkish flowers (2).