Diospyros veillonii is a poorly known but highly endangered tree, restricted to just one small patch of forest on the island of New Caledonia, in the southwest Pacific (1). Little information is available on Diospyros veillonii, but, like other members of the Ebenaceae family, it is likely to be a small tree or shrub with black bark, roots and heartwood (2) (3).
The leaves of Diospyros species are alternate and have smooth edges. The male flowers usually grow in small clusters, or 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, and usually grow alone (2) (3).
As in most other Diospyros species, the flowers of Diospyros veillonii are likely to be articulated at the base and regular in shape. The petals are usually fused into a tube, with three to eight contorted lobes at the tip (2) (3). Like other members of the Ebenaceae family, Diospyros veillonii probably has white, cream or pinkish flowers (2).