Ochna natalitia (Meisn.) Walp.

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Ochna natalitia

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Catapu, SW firebreak, W side

Ochna natalitia

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Catapu, SW firebreak, W side

Ochna natalitia

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Levasflor, next the old Maciambose road

Ochna natalitia

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Levasflor, next the old Maciambose road

Ochna natalitia

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Levasflor, next the old Maciambose road

Ochna natalitia

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Levasflor, next the old Maciambose road

Ochna natalitia

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Levasflor, next the old Maciambose road

Ochna natalitia

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Coutardo 12, Envirotrade camp

Ochna natalitia

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Coutardo 12, Envirotrade camp

Ochna natalitia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bue Maria, Gorongosa National Park.

Ochna natalitia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bue Maria, Gorongosa National Park.

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Synonyms: Diporidium natalitium Meisn.
Ochna arborea sensu Sim p.p.
Ochna atropurpurea DC. var. natalitia (Meisn.) Harv.
Ochna chilversii Phillips
Common names: Natal plane (English) Showy ochna (English) Showy plane (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Sometimes a small tree but often a small shrub less than 2 m tall; branchlets with numerous lenticels. Leaves very variable depending on habitat and growth form, oblong to elliptic-oblong, 3-13 cm long, often leathery in exposed situations, lateral veins numerous and close together; margin more or less finely toothed; petiole 1-2 mm long. Flowers in terminal heads or on short lateral shoots, golden-yellow, 1.5-3 cm in diameter, often with conspicuous orange stamens, fragrant. Fruit with 2-3 ovoid drupelets,5-10 mm long, black, held in pink or red persistent calyx bracts, 0.8-1.2 cm long. Both flowers and fruit make an attractive display.
Notes: This species is commonly infested with characteristic rosette galls that look like miniature Protea buds.
Derivation of specific name: natalitia: of Natal, South Africa.
Habitat: In deciduous woodland, forest margins and scrub, often in shallow sandy soils among rocks.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Mpumalanga,KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Literature:

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Pages 107 - 108. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 728 - 729.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 91.

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

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 64.

Robson, N.K.B. (1963). Ochnaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 233 - 234.

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 420 - 423. (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 150 - 151. (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (2013). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa (Second edition) Struik, South Africa Pages 170 - 171. (Includes a picture).


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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 natalitia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=140240, retrieved 27 May 2016

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