Ochna afzelioides N. Robson

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Frequency: Rare and very local in Zimbabwe.
Status: Native
Shrub or tree up to 6 m high, with smooth grey bark; branches, purplish- or yellow-brown, hairless or sometimes papillose-puberulous when young, lenticellate. Leaves oblanceolate or rarely elliptic or obovate-oblanceolate, 4·5–9 cm long, lateral veins widely spreading, reticulate veining prominent above; margin densely spinulose-serrulate or curved-serrulate; petiole 1·5–2 mm long, rather slender, grooved above. Flowers 5–10 in a more or less elongated raceme, 9–20 mm long; pedicels 1·4–2·6 cm long in fruit, articulated in the lower c. 1–5 mm from the base. Sepals 5–7 mm long in flower, elliptic, rounded, becoming scarlet and 7–9 mm long in fruit. Petals pale yellow, obovate, c. 8–10 mm long, narrowing to a short claw. Drupelets ovoid-cylindric, 6–8 mm long.
Notes: This species is in Zimbabwe only known from a few specimens in one location west of Sengwa Wildlife Research Station.
Derivation of specific name: afzelioides: resembling Ochna afzelii, a closely related species.
Habitat: In dry forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 1200 m (approx)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Katanga DRC, western Tanganyika, Zambia and northwestern Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Critically Endangered
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Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 723.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 166.

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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 81.

Robson, N.K.B. (1963). Ochnaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Page 242.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Ochna afzelioides.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=140100, retrieved 28 May 2024

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