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)
Status: Native
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.
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
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Images last updated: Sunday 27 July 2008

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 inermis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=140210, retrieved 30 August 2016

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