Ochna

Description

Shrubs or treelets, sometimes undershrubs. Leaves shortly petioled, chartaceous or subcoriaceous; Stipules small, intrapetiolarly united, caducous. Inflorescences lateral or terminal thyrses with a terminal flower; Flowers with ± hemispherical torus, distinctly tumid and red in fruit. Sepals 5, greenish, accrescent and turning red in fruit. Petals 5-10, in 1-2 whorls, yellow. Stamens ∞ in 2 or more whorls; Ovaries 5-10(-15), obovoid; Fruits 1-3(-5), greenish, turning black when ripe.

Distribution

Africa, south of the Sahara: present Asia-Temperate:, Hainan (Hainanpresent) Asia-Tropical:, Assam (Assampresent); Indiapresent Ceylon: present Madagascar: present Nicobar Is: present North of the Malay Peninsula: present
The majority of the species is found in Africa, south of the Sahara, and in Madagascar. In India and Ceylon 4 spp. occur, one of these ranging from Assam to Indo-China, Hainan, the Nicobar Is., and Malesia: in the North of the Malay Peninsula.

Citation

KANIS - in Blumea. 1968: 22, 83
O.K. - in Rev. Gen. Pl. 1891: 104
LINNÉ - in Sp. Pl. 1753: 513

Synonymy

Ochna LINNÉ, Gen. Pl., ed. 5: 229. 1754
  • Diporidium WENDL. f. in Bartl. & Wendl., Beitr. Bot. 2: 24. 1825
  • Discladium TIEGH. in Bull. Mus. Hist. Nat. Paris 8: 214. 1902
  • Polythecium TIEGH. in Ann. Sc. Nat. Bot. VIII: 196, 366. 1902
  • Pleopetalum TIEGH. in Bull. Mus. Hist. Nat. Paris 9: 163. 1903
  • Polythecanthum TIEGH. in Ann. Sc. Nat. Bot. IX: 160, 175. 1907

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