Ochna schweinfurthiana F. Hoffm.

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Ochna schweinfurthiana

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Cleveland Dam, Harare

Ochna schweinfurthiana

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Gardiner, Arcturus

Ochna schweinfurthiana

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Gardiner, Arcturus

Ochna schweinfurthiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haka Game Park

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Synonyms:
Common names: Brick-red ochna (English) Muhara (Shona) Muminu (Shona) Muparamhozva (Shona) Murambambare (Shona) Musvodzabveni (Shona) Muvezeramhanga (Shona) Umdlonza (Ndebele)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Description:
Small tree. Leaves oblanceolate to oblong or elliptic, margins rather bluntly serrulate, sometimes appearing scalloped, net-veining conspicuous above. Young leaves coppery. Flowers bright yellow, very short-lived, normally appearing before or with the young leaves. Fruits ovoid, attached at the base, black when ripe, the enlarged, persistent sepals turning cherry to brick red.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: schweinfurthiana: named after Dr Georg August Schweinfurth (1836-1925), german botanical collector and taxonomist.
Habitat: In open deciduous woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 750 - 1650 m
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Sahelian & Zambesian: Mali to South Sudan to Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Angola.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Tuesday 29 September 2015
Literature:

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

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 302 - 304. (Includes a picture).

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

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 146 - 147. (Includes a picture).

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

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32

Smith, P. & Allen, Q. (2004). Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of the Miombo Woodlands Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew ISBN 1 84246 073 0 Pages 66 - 67. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 128.


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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 schweinfurthiana.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=140320, retrieved 24 May 2016

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