Another nod of appreciation to Priscilla Burcher (PriscillaBurcher@Flickr) for contributing an image to Botany Photo of the Day (original image submitted via the Botany Photo of the Day Flickr Pool). Thank you once again!
The Ochnaceae is a family found in tropical regions of the world, with its greatest diversity in Brazil. It is represented by approximately 30 genera and somewhere around 450-500 species (low figure, Mabberley’s The Plant Book, high figure via linked Angiosperm Phylogeny Group site). Almost all are evergreen trees or shrubs, but there are a few members of the family that are either lianas (woody vines) or herbs.
Godoya antioquiensis, known commonly as caunce, is an endemic species to Antioquia Department, Colombia where it is usually found between the elevations of 1600m (5250 ft.) and 2800m (9200 ft.). Plants are medium-sized trees, typically in the range of 12m (40 feet) in height, though Priscilla mentions large specimens to 25m. The trees bear clusters of golden-yellow flowers at the terminals of branches, forming a very showy inflorescence.
Priscilla notes conservation concerns about the species, as fewer than five thousand individuals are thought to remain in the wild. The Boletín Técnico Biodiversidad; No. 4: Manejo de las semillas y la propagación de doce especies arbóreas nativas de importancia económica y ecológica (PDF) makes no mention of any official conservation status for the species, though it does mention that it has virtually disappeared from natural ecosystems. Use as timber or firewood (the wood burns readily even when freshly cut) are cited as some of the reasons for the decline. The bulletin recommends propagation of the species as an ornamental, in part for its “majestic bloom”.