Ochna inermis (Forssk.) Schweinf. ex Penz.

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Ochna inermis

Photo: Rob Burrett
Mapungubwe Park, Limpopo Valley, South Africa.

Ochna inermis

Photo: Rob Burrett
Mapungubwe Park, Limpopo Valley, South Africa.

Ochna inermis

Photo: Rob Burrett
Mapungubwe Park, Limpopo Valley, South Africa.

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Synonyms: Euonymus inermis Forssk.
Common names: Boat-fruit plane (English) Stunted plane (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Mostly a rounded shrub, rarely a small tree. Branches greyish to whitish, covered in white lenticels. Leaves broadly elliptic to almost round, up to c. 5 cm long; margin finely but sharply toothed. Flowers axillary on short side branchlets, solitary or in pairs, golden yellow, c. 2 cm in diameter, short-lived. Fruit 1-5 carpels, up to 10 × 7 mm, attached near the base, purple-black when ripe, surrounded by the pink to red, persistent sepals.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: inermis: unarmed, without spines
Habitat: In dry Acacia, Commiphora or Mopane scrub, among rocks or in sandy or rocky soils.
Altitude range: (metres) 425 - 1200 m
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Northern population in Yemen, Eritrea, Ethiopia, northern Kenya and Uganda; Southern population in Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, northern South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 27 July 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 237 - 238.

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 inermis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=140210, retrieved 29 September 2016

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