Ochna, Nairobi, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Dark green, leathery leaves of Ochna, Nairobi, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed near entrance to Nairobi National Park, Kenya. January 2012.

maturing fruit of Buttercup Bush, possibly Ochna ovata, photo © Michael Plagens

Small to medium-sized tree with very curious-looking flowers and fruit. In the photo at left the bright yellow petals have already been shed leaving persistent yellow sepals. Later as the fruit matures and turns black the sepals remain and turn red. The leaves are dark green and rather sharply serrated. There are several species of Ochna present in Kenya. This one was medium-sized, about 8 m tall.

Ochnaceae -- Ochna Family

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

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update 02 October 2012.