Ocotea kenyensis (Chiov.) Robyns & R. Wilczek

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Ocotea kenyensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Forested slope below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

Ocotea kenyensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Forested slope below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

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Synonyms: Ocotea gardneri Hutch. & M.B. Moss
Ocotea viridis Kosterm.
Tylostemon kenyensis Chiov.
Common names: Bastard stinkwood (English) Northern stinkwood (English)
Large evergreen tree. Bark brownish, roughish and scaling, cream when slashed, quickly turning blackish. Leaves aromatic, leathery, 8 - 20 cm, more or less broadly elliptic, glossy green above, somewhat paler and dull green below with 8-10 pairs of lateral veins, fine net-veining visible below; apex pointed; margin entire. Flowers in lax axillary heads, whitish to yellowish, fading to brownish. Fruit ovoid, acorn-like, up to 2 cm.
Derivation of specific name: kenyensis: of Kenya
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Dec - Feb
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Malawi distribution:
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 115.

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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: Species information: Ocotea kenyensis.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123980, retrieved 25 April 2024

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