Ochna pulchra, also known as Lekkerbreek (Afrikaans 'breaking easily', i.e. 'brittle'), is a small deciduous southern African tree up to 5 m, commonly found on deep sandy soil and rocky slopes, and belonging to the tropical family of Ochnaceae, which is widespread in Asia and Africa.
Spring foliage has an oily appearance to the surface and ranges from light green to bronze or bright red, turning to a fresh, shiny green when mature. Lemon-yellow flowers appear in great abundance in spring, the persistent yellow-green calyx turning pink then bright red. The fruit, a kidney-shaped drupe, is initially green maturing to black.
Media related to Ochna pulchra at Wikimedia Commons
- Trees and Shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park - Schmidt, Lötter & McCleland (Jacana Books, Johannesburg, 2002)
- Trees and Shrubs of the Witwatersrand - Tree Society of Southern Africa (Witwatersrand University Press, Johannesburg, 1969)
- Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand & Pretoria Region - van Wyk & Malan (Struik, Cape Town, 1988)
- Field Guide to the Trees of South Africa - van Wyk & van Wyk, 1997, ISBN 1-86825-922-6