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  1. Ochna, genus Ochna(noun)

    type genus of Ochnaceae; evergreen trees and shrubs of Old World tropics

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  1. Ochna

    Ochna is a genus comprising 86 species of evergreen trees, shrubs and shrublets belonging to the family Ochnaceae. These species are native to tropical woodlands of Africa or Asia. Species of this genus are usually called Ochnas, Bird's-eye bushes or Mickey-mouse plants, a name derived from the shape of the drupelet fruit. The name of this genus comes from the Greek word Ochne, used by Homer and meaning wild pear, as the leaves are similar in appearance. Some species, especially Ochna serrulata, are widely cultivated as decorative plants.

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