Ochna arborea Burch. ex DC.
var. oconnorii (E. Phillips) Du Toit

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Ochna arborea var. oconnorii

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Forested slopes below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa, Mozambique

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Synonyms: Ochna oconnorii E. Phillips
Common names: Cold-bark ochna (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small to medium-sized tree. Bark smooth, grey and peeling, revealing a distinctive mottled underbark. Leaves elliptic, up to 10 cm, leathery, shiny green above, paler below, young leaves often bronze; lateral veins numerous and closely spaced; apex tapering to rounded, often with a hair-like tip; margin toothed to subentire. Flowers in branched heads on short side branchlets, bright yellow, c. 2 cm in diameter, sweetly scented, short-lived. Fruit 1-5 small kidney-shaped drupes, grey-green to black, surrounded by the orange-red to red persistent calyx lobes.
Derivation of specific name: arborea: tree-like
Habitat: In forest and along forest margins.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1500 m
Flowering time:Aug - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Mpumalanga, South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 599. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 40.

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

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 230 - 231. As Ochna oconnorii (Includes a picture).

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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 arborea var. oconnorii.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=140110, retrieved 16 June 2024

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