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Pakistan | Family List | Oleaceae | Osmanthus

Osmanthus fragrans Lour., Fl. Cochinch. 29. 1790. C.B. Clarke in Hook. f., l.c. 606.

Small trees or shrubs. Leaves elliptic to oblong-lanceolate, acuminate, up to 15 cm long, 5 cm broad, entire or serrate, coriaceous; petiole c. 1.5 cm. Flowers rarely terminal, very fragrant. Calyx minute. Corolla nearly divided to the base, lobes oblong. Drupe c. 1.5 cm long, ellipsoid.

Type: “Habitat in hortis Cochinchinae” Loureiro (BM).

Distribution: Temperate Himalaya, 1200-2200 in. from Gurwhal to Sikkim, China, Japan; cultivated elsewhere, rarely in Pakistan.

Cultivated especially for its fragrant flowers. Fruit is rarely formed.


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