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
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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.

Robson, N.K.B. (1963). Ochnaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 239 - 240.

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 9 December 2016

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