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Olea Linn., Sp. Pl. 8. 1753. Gen. Pl. ed. 5: 8. 1754; C.B. Clarke in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 3: 611. 1882.

Olea ferruginea

Credit: M.Y. Saleem

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.

Species about 20 in Eurasia, Africa, Australia, from the northern warm temperate zone to South Africa.

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 brownish beneath, especially the older ones. Drupe c. 5 mm broad   Olea ferruginea
+ Leaves whitish beneath. Drupe 1-2 cm broad   Olea europaea

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