Ocotea kenyensis (Chiov.) Robyns & R. Wilczek

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Ocotea kenyensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Forested slope below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

Ocotea kenyensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Forested slope below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

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Synonyms: Ocotea gardneri Hutch. & M.B. Moss
Ocotea viridis Kosterm.
Tylostemon kenyensis Chiov.
Common names: Bastard stinkwood (English) Northern stinkwood (English)
Frequency: Very rare
Status: Native
Large evergreen tree. Bark brownish, roughish and scaling, cream when slashed, quickly turning blackish. Leaves aromatic, leathery, 8 - 20 cm, more or less broadly elliptic, glossy green above, somewhat paler and dull green below with 8-10 pairs of lateral veins, fine net-veining visible below; apex pointed; margin entire. Flowers in lax axillary heads, whitish to yellowish, fading to brownish. Fruit ovoid, acorn-like, up to 2 cm.
Notes: Very rare in Zimbabwe; known only from Mutema CL in the Chipinge District. Listed as Critically endangered due to habitat degradation by forestry plantations.
Derivation of specific name: kenyensis: of Kenya
Habitat: In evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 1100 - 2600 m
Flowering time:Dec - Feb
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Critically Endangered
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Images last updated: Thursday 21 June 2007

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 195.

Diniz, M.A. (1997). Lauraceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(2) Pages 58 - 59.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 115.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Ocotea kenyensis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123980, retrieved 22 October 2016

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