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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 8. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
General/Distribution: Species about 20 in Eurasia, Africa, Australia, from the northern warm temperate zone to South Africa.


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Trees or shrubs, evergreen. Leaves opposite, simple, entire. Flowers small, in axillary or terminal panicles. Bracts minute. Calyx small, truncate or 4-toothed. Corolla tube short, lobes 4. Stamens 2, epipetalous, exserted; anthers oblong. Style short. Fruit a drupe, elliptical or ovoid, endocarp bony, exocarp pulpy. Seed solitary, pendulous.

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1 Leaves oblong-lanceolate, long-acuminate; older leaves with glands (domatia) at the axils of the nerves but without dense, scaly, peltate hairs Olea glandulifera
+ Leaves lanceolate to ovate, acute to rounded or cuspidate, without glands but with dense, scaly, peltate hairs (2)
2 (1) Leaves whitish beneath. Drupe 1-2 cm broad Olea europaea
+ Leaves brownish beneath, especially the older ones. Drupe c. 5 mm broad Olea ferruginea
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