Ochna holstii Engl.

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Ochna holstii

Photo: Bart Wursten
The Gwasha, Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

Ochna holstii

Photo: Bart Wursten
By side road off road to Chirinda Forest camp site

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Synonyms: Ochna acutifolia Engl.
Ochna chirindica Baker f.
Ochna prunifolia Engl.
Common names: Common forest ochna (English) Red ironwood (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Leaves elliptic, distinctly held in one plane; margin finely toothed. Flowers in densely axillary clusters, bright yellow, short-lived but showy. Fruit 1-5 cylindical drupes, attached near the base, surrounded by the pink, persistent sepals.
Derivation of specific name: holstii: named after C.H.E.W. Holst (1865-1894), German plant collector and horticulturalist
Habitat: In the understorey of evergreen forest and among rocks in more open terrain.
Altitude range: (metres) 1160 - 2135 m
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: From Sudan South to South Africa as far as Eastern Cape.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 219.

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 26.

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

Robson, N.K.B. (1963). Ochnaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 240 - 241.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 127.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 96.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ochna holstii
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ochna holstii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ochna holstii
The Plant List (version 1.1): Ochna holstii
Tropicos: Ochna holstii

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Ochna holstii.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=140200, retrieved 17 October 2018

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