Ochna holstii Engl.

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Ochna holstii

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The Gwasha, Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

Ochna holstii

Photo: Bart Wursten
By side road off road to Chirinda Forest camp site

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Synonyms: Ochna acutifolia Engl.
Ochna chirindica Baker f.
Ochna prunifolia Engl.
Common names: Common forest ochna (English) Red ironwood (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Leaves elliptic, distinctly held in one plane; margin finely toothed. Flowers in densely axillary clusters, bright yellow, short-lived but showy. Fruit 1-5 cylindical drupes, attached near the base, surrounded by the pink, persistent sepals.
Derivation of specific name: holstii: named after C.H.E.W. Holst (1865-1894), German plant collector and horticulturalist
Habitat: In the understorey of evergreen forest and among rocks in more open terrain.
Altitude range: (metres) 1160 - 2135 m
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: From Sudan South to South Africa as far as Eastern Cape.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E,S
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 219.

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 240 - 241.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 127.


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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 holstii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=140200, retrieved 27 October 2016

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