5112.000 Ochna L.

Description of the genus

Trees or shrubs, usually completely glabrous. Bark without yellow pigment beneath. Stipules entire or fringed or 2-fid, not striate, deciduous. Leaves petiolate; midrib raised on both the upper and lower leaf surfaces. Inflorescences paniculate to racemose or umbellate or reduced to a solitary flower, terminal or terminating short axillary shoots. Flowering often spectacular and of short duration. Sepals green or yellow (pink or white in O. arenaria) in flower, persistent, enlarging and becoming red in fruit. Petals yellow or rarely orange to white, deciduous. Stamens (14-)20-many. Carpels (3-)5-15.

Worldwide: 86 species in the Old World tropics

Zimbabwe: 23 taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Menophra obtusata (Pale waved umber) Food plant
Ochna holstii

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
afzelioides N. Robson[CR]NDescription
arborea Burch. ex DC. var. oconnorii (E. Phillips) Du ToitEDescription, Image
arenaria De Wild. & T. DurandN,W,CDescription, Image
atropurpurea DC.E,SDescription, Image
barbosae N. RobsonE,SImage
cinnabarina Engl. & GilgW
confusa Burtt Davy & GreenwayN,C,E
cyanophylla N. RobsonN,C,E,S
gambleoides N. RobsonN,CDescription, Image
glauca I. Verd.[NrEnd]W,SDescription, Image
holstii Engl.W,C,E,SDescription, Image
inermis (Forssk.) Schweinf. ex Penz.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
leptoclada Oliv.N,C,EImage
macrocalyx Oliv.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
natalitia (Meisn.) Walp.E,SDescription, Image
polyneura GilgE
pretoriensis E. PhillipsS
puberula N. RobsonN,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
pulchra Hook. subsp. pulchra N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
pygmaea HiernW,C
richardsiae N. RobsonCDescription, Image
rovumensis GilgN,W
schweinfurthiana F. Hoffm.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Ochna:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Ochna
Flora of Caprivi: Ochna
Flora of Malawi: Ochna
Flora of Mozambique: Ochna
Flora of Zambia: Ochna

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Ochna
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Ochna
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Ochna
Wikipedia: Ochna
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ochna
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ochna

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Ochna.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=957, retrieved 9 February 2023

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