Ochna atropurpurea DC.

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Ochna atropurpurea

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Next the old Maciambose road

Ochna atropurpurea

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Next the old Maciambose road

Ochna atropurpurea

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Next the old Maciambose road

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Synonyms: Ochna mossambicensis Klotzsch
Common names: Large-flowered ochna (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Bark pale whitish brown, rough; ends of stems often with rosette galls, like small protea buds. Leaves obovate to oblanceolate, 7-23 cm, leathery with very dense net-veining; margin closely and finely toothed; petiole stout and swollen. Flowers in branched heads on short spur-branchlets, bright yellow, 2.5-3.5 cm in diameter, short-lived. Fruit 3-5 small subspherical drupes, purplish, surrounded by the bright red, spreading calyx lobes.
Derivation of specific name: atropurpurea: dark purple
Habitat: On sandy soils in open woodland and among rocks.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 400 m
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
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 605. As Ochna mossambicensis (Includes a picture).

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

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) Page 233.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ochna atropurpurea
African Plant Database: Ochna atropurpurea
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ochna atropurpurea
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Ochna atropurpurea
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ochna atropurpurea
JSTOR Plant Science: Ochna atropurpurea
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ochna atropurpurea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ochna atropurpurea
Plants of the World Online: Ochna atropurpurea
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Ochna atropurpurea.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=140130, retrieved 22 September 2021

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