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 Post subject: Shrub: Peeling-Bark Ochna / Lekkerbreek (Ochna pulchra)
Unread postPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2007 1:28 pm 
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Hi Guys

We shot this flower/fruit of a medium sized tree found along the Sand River in the Western Soutpansburg (Southern side):

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It is the flower of the Ochna pulchra (Peeling-Bark Ochna / Lekkerbreek).

It is a beautiful plant, but a slow grower. As the Afrikaans name implies, it has very brittle stems, which snap with a wonderful breaking sound.

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Oh Okay, looked kinda familiar to its relation, the so-called Micky Mouse Bush (Ochna serrulata), but I never made the connection (maybe the size difference).

On the other hand I don't even recall that distinctive bark of the Ochna's.

Thanks Imberbe

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