Description of the genus
Evergreen trees or shrubs. Leaves alternate, sometimes opposite, mostly pinnately veined, but sometimes 3-veined from the base. Inflorescences of small cymes, arranged in axillary or ± terminal panicles. Flowers bisexual or unisexual. Receptacle enlarging in fruit to form a basal cupule. Tepals 6. Bisexual flowers: fertile stamens 9, in 3 whorls; those of the third whorl with glandular appendages at the base; anthers 4-celled; staminodes 3 in a fourth innermost whorl. Male flowers similar but ovary sterile. Female flowers similar but with rudimentary stamens. Fruit drupaceous, acorn-like in appearance.
Worldwide: 350 species in tropical and warm parts of America, Macaronesia, tropical and South Africa, Madagascar and the Mascareignes.
Zimbabwe: 1 taxon.
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Other sources of information about Ocotea:
Our websites:Flora of Malawi
: OcoteaFlora of Mozambique
: OcoteaFlora of Zambia
(electronic Plant Information Center): OcoteaFlora Zambesiaca
web site: OcoteaGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for OcoteaIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): OcoteaKew Herbarium catalogue
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Ocotea.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=606, retrieved 23 March 2017