Ochna inermis (Forssk.) Schweinf. ex Penz.

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Ochna inermis

Photo: Rob Burrett
Mapungubwe Park, Limpopo Valley, South Africa.

Ochna inermis

Photo: Rob Burrett
Mapungubwe Park, Limpopo Valley, South Africa.

Ochna inermis

Photo: Rob Burrett
Mapungubwe Park, Limpopo Valley, South Africa.

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Synonyms: Euonymus inermis Forssk.
Common names: Boat-fruit plane (English) Stunted plane (English)
Status: Native
Mostly a rounded shrub, rarely a small tree. Branches greyish to whitish, covered in white lenticels. Leaves broadly elliptic to almost round, up to c. 5 cm long; margin finely but sharply toothed. Flowers axillary on short side branchlets, solitary or in pairs, golden yellow, c. 2 cm in diameter, short-lived. Fruit 1-5 carpels, up to 10 × 7 mm, attached near the base, purple-black when ripe, surrounded by the pink to red, persistent sepals.
Derivation of specific name: inermis: unarmed, without spines
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Northern population in Yemen, Eritrea, Ethiopia, northern Kenya and Uganda; Southern population in Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, northern South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: M
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 603. (Includes a picture).

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

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.

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) Pages 237 - 238.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 90.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ochna inermis
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ochna inermis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ochna inermis
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Wikipedia: Ochna inermis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Ochna inermis.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=140210, retrieved 26 November 2020

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