Ochna richardsiae N. Robson

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Ochna richardsiae

Recording Mid-morning - by midday the petals will have fallen; miombo Woodland;
Lusaka SE 20km Jellis' farm; Dec 2012.
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Common names:
Status: Native
Suffrutex up to 60 cm. Leaves 8-12 × 1-2 cm, narrowly elliptic to oblanceolate; base cuneate to truncate; apex obtuse to subacute; margin spinous-serrate. Inflorescence axillary, racemose or pseudumbellate; pedicels articulated at or close to the base. Sepals 5-8 mm in flower, becoming crimson and increasing to 9-13 mm long. Petals orange to orange-yellow. Carpels 5. Fruits 5-7 mm, subspherical.
Type location:
Zambia, Mbala District
Derivation of specific name: richardsiae: named for Mrs Mary Richards (1885 - 1977), a prolific botanical collector in Zambia and Tanzania
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,N,C,S
Growth form(s): Shrub under 2 m.
Endemic status:
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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 607. (Includes a picture).

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 246 - 247. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Ochna richardsiae.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=140300, retrieved 11 December 2023

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