Ochna gambleoides N. Robson

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Ochna gambleoides

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Nhahomba area, Chimanimani National Reserve

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Common names: Large-leaved Ochna (English) Large-leaved plane (English)
Status: Native
Small tree, sometimes branching from the base, with slender trunk and silver-grey rectangularly fissured bark. Leaves often blue-green, leathery, oblong-elliptic to obovate, up to 14.5 cm long, veining prominent on both surfaces; margin finely toothed; petiole 5–20 mm long, stout, flattened above. Flowers c. 7–16, in more or less condensed heads; pedicels 2·6–4 mm long in fruit, articulated at the base. Sepals orange-red to scarlet, 16–25 mm long, convex and ascending in fruit. Drupelets flattened-ovoid-subcylindric, 10–13 mm long.
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Habitat: In Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range: 570 - 1400 m
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Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: N,MS
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Content last updated: Monday 17 February 2020

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Ochna gambleoides.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=140180, retrieved 7 December 2023

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