Ochna serrulata, copyright Bernard Dupont.
Belongs within: Malpighiales.

The Ochnaceae are a pantropical group of relatively small trees bearing flowers with deciduous petals (Kanis 1978). Ochna and related genera bear indehiscent drupelets whereas other taxa produce many-seeded capsules.

Characters (from Kanis 1978): Small to medium-sized trees. Leaves alternate, stipulate, simple. Inflorescences lateral and/or terminal, thyrsoid or paniculate, with many bracts at base; pedicels jointed. Flowers regular, bisexual or polygamous; sepals 5, free or more or less joined at base, imbricate, persistent; petals 5, free, contorted, deciduous; staminodes absent or 5–many; stamens 10 or 5; ovary superior, either of five free carpels with one ovule each or three fused carpels with many ovules; styles fused. Fruit either of drupelets or a many-seeded capsule.

    |  i. s.: IndovethiaH03
    |         SchuurmansiellaH03
    |         SchuurmansiaK78
    |           |--S. elegans Bl. 1850 [incl. S. parviflora Ridl. 1916]K78
    |           `--S. henningsii Sch. 1888 (see below for synonymy)K78
    |         Brackenridgea forbesii Tiegh. 1902K78
    |         Gomphia salicifoliaJK80
    |         Ouratea valeriiOV97
    `--+--+--Cespedesia macrophyllaXR12, OV97
       |  `--Sauvagesia [Sauvagesioideae]XR12
       |       `--S. erectaC55
            |--Lophira alataXR12, FGN07
                    |--O. mossambicensisWM09
                    |--O. multifloraJK80
                    |--O. natalitiaJK80
                    `--O. serrulataB00

Schuurmansia henningsii Sch. 1888 [incl. S. bamleri Sch. & Laut. 1901, S. coriacea Smith 1941, S. crassinervia Gilg 1925, S. gilgiana Laut. 1905, S. grandiflora Smith 1941, S. bamleri var. longifolia Laut. 1905, S. longifolia (Laut.) Gilg 1925, S. lophiroides Gilg 1925, S. microcarpa Capit. 1910, S. montana Smith 1941, S. oreophila Gilg 1925, S. rauwolfioides Hallier f. 1913, S. schlechteri Gilg 1925]K78

*Type species of generic name indicated


[B00] Braby, M. F. 2000. Butterflies of Australia: their identification, biology and distribution vol. 2. CSIRO Publishing: Collingwood (Victoria).

[C55] Candolle, A. de. 1855. Géographie Botanique Raisonée: Ou exposition des faits principaux et des lois concernant la distribution géographique des plantes de l’époque actuelle vol. 2. Librairie de Victor Masson: Paris.

[FGN07] Fontaine, B., O. Gargominy & E. Neubert. 2007. Land snail diversity of the savanna/forest mosaic in Lopé National Park, Gabon. Malacologia 49 (2): 313–338.

[H03] Heads, M. 2003. Ericaceae in Malesia: vicariance biogeography, terrane tectonics and ecology. Telopea 10 (1): 311–449.

[JK80] John, J., & K.-P. Kolbe. 1980. The systematic position of the “Theales” from the viewpoint of serology. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 8: 241–248.

[K78] Kanis, A. 1978. Ochnaceae. In: Womersley, J. S. (ed.) Handbooks of the Flora of Papua New Guinea vol. 1 pp. 216–221. Melbourne University Press: Carlton South (Australia).

[OV97] Ochoa, R., C. Vargas, D. E. Walter & B. M. OConnor. 1997. Two new species of the genus Ceratotarsonemus (Acari: Tarsonemidae). International Journal of Acarology 23 (3): 177–183.

[T00] Thorne, R. F. 2000. The classification and geography of the flowering plants: dicotyledons of the class Angiospermae (subclasses Magnoliidae, Ranunculidae, Caryophyllidae, Dilleniidae, Rosidae, Asteridae, and Lamiidae). The Botanical Review 66: 441–647.

[WM09] Wang, H., M. J. Moore, P. S. Soltis, C. D. Bell, S. F. Brockington, R. Alexandre, C. C. Davis, M. Latvis, S. R. Manchester & D. E. Soltis. 2009. Rosid radiation and the rapid rise of angiosperm-dominated forests. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 106 (10): 3853–3858.

[XR12] Xi, Z., B. R. Ruhfel, H. Schaefer, A. M. Amorim, M. Sugumaran, K. J. Wurdack, P. K. Endress, M. L. Matthews, P. F. Stevens, S. Mathews & C. C. Davis. 2012. Phylogenomics and a posteriori data partitioning resolve the Cretaceous angiosperm radiation Malpighiales. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 109 (43): 17519–17524.

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