Ochna glauca I. Verd.

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Ochna glauca

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam camp

Ochna glauca

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam camp

Ochna glauca

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam camp

Ochna glauca

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam camp

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Synonyms:
Common names: Blue-leaved ochna (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Straggling shrub or small tree. Bark dark grey, smooth. Leaves alternate or in small clusters on dwarf lateral branchlets, elliptic-oblong to obovate, usually c. 3 × 2 cm,sometimes larger, distinctly blue-green, numerous veins conspicuous on both surfaces; margin finely toothed. Flowers in axillary clusters on the lateral branchlets, bright yellow, very short-lived but showy, appearing before the leaves. Fruit up 5 drupes, c. 9 × 6 mm, attached near the base, purple-black, surrounded by the reflexed persistent sepals, red at first, turning yellow-brown later.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: glauca: glaucous, bluish-green, referring to the distinct colour of the leaves.
Habitat: Occurring among boulders and in crevices on granite hills and kopjes.
Altitude range: (metres) 1310 - 1670 m
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Restricted to Southwest Zimbabwe, just entering into northern South Africa and eastern Botswana.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 11 May 2008
Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 260.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 90.


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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: Ochna glauca.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=140190, retrieved 27 August 2016

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