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

Malawi: 11 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Menophra obtusata (Pale waved umber)
Ochna stolzii

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

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
confusa Burtt Davy & GreenwayN,C
gambleoides N. RobsonC,SDescription, Image
holstii Engl.N,C,SDescription, Image
katangensis De Wild. NImage
leptoclada Oliv.N,C,SImage
macrocalyx Oliv.N,C,SDescription, Image
oxyphylla N. RobsonN
polyneura GilgS
rovumensis GilgS
schweinfurthiana F. Hoffm.N,C,SDescription, Image
stolzii Gilg ex Engl.NDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Ochna:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Ochna
Flora of Caprivi: Ochna
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Ochna
Flora of Mozambique: Ochna
Flora of Zambia: Ochna
Flora of Zimbabwe: Ochna
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Ochna

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ochna
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Ochna
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ochna
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Ochna
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Ochna
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ochna
JSTOR Plant Science: Ochna
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ochna
Plants of the World Online: Ochna
Tropicos: Ochna
Wikipedia: Ochna

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Ochna.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=957, retrieved 26 May 2024

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