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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & S. Africa, Comoros, Madagascar.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

Oleaceae, F. K. Kupicha. Flora Zambesiaca 7:1. 1983

Morphology General Habit
Tree 10–40 m. high; bark pale grey, longitudinally fissured; slash reportedly of various colours: orange–brown, cream or rich green; wood exceedingly hard and durable.
Morphology Stem
Young sterns glabrous, ± terete, bark grey, fairly smooth.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves coriaceous; petiole 8–15 mm. long, pale to conspicuously dark brown; lamina 4·5–9 (11) x 1·2–4 cm., elliptic, ovate–elliptic or oblong–elliptic, with apex acute to acuminate and tipped with a small hard point, and base cuspidate to acuminate; upper surface glossy, with midrib impressed or level and the 5–6 pairs of lateral nerves faintly raised, joining inconspicuously in loops; lower surface mat, and paler, with prominent midrib and faintly raised lateral nerves; both surfaces punctate with scattered circular scales just visible with hand lens, these sometimes difficult to see on upper surface, lower surface never with metallic sheen; margin slightly revolute, often somewhat undulate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a many–flowered paniculate cyme, terminal and in axils of upper two leaf–pairs; bracts 0·3–1 mm. long, subulate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx c. 1 mm. long, cup–shaped, subentire with 4–toothed rim.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla c. 3 mm. long, white, globose in bud and remaining thus for a prolonged period, ultimately opening, the elliptic–acute lobes then reflexed; tube c. 1/3 as long as lobes.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anthers c. 2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium
Gynoecium c. 1·5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit up to 1·7 cm. long (dry), ellipsoid, with very thick woody endocarp.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed not seen.

Native to:

Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Comoros, Ethiopia, Guinea, Gulf of Guinea Is., Ivory Coast, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre

Olea capensis L. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Dec 1, 2000 Breteler, F.J. [169], Cameroon K000028012
Styles, B.T. [311], Uganda 25694.053
Drege [s.n.], South Africa K000233363 Unknown type material
Drege [s.n.], South Africa K000233364 Unknown type material
Drege [s.n.], South Africa K000233365
Timberlake, J. [5233], Mozambique K000613961
Mphamba [96], Mozambique K000614307
Timberlake, J. [5455], Mozambique K000614436
Mphamba [72], Mozambique K000614289
Harris, T. [526], Malawi K000614609
Mphamba [108], Mozambique K000614316
Timberlake, J. [5353], Malawi K000614696

First published in Sp. Pl.: 8 (1753)

Accepted by

  • Fischer, E., Rembold, K., Althof, A. & Obholzer, J. (2010). Annotated checklist of the vascular plants of Kakamega forest, Western province, Kenya Journal of East African Natural History 99: 129-226.
  • Green, P.S. (2006). World Checklist of Oleaceae Manuscript Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Alves, T., Francisco, J., Harris, T., Nangoma, D. & de Sousa, C. (2009). Biodiversity and Conservation of Mchese Mountain, Malawi. Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036: 1-71. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Figueiredo, E., Paiva, J., Stévart, T., Oliveira, F. & Smith, G.F. (2011). Annotated catalogue of the flowering plants of São Tomé and Príncipe Bothalia 41: 41-82.
  • Jongkind, C. (2014). Fauna & Flora of Liberia, flowering plant species list www.liberianfaunaflora.org.
  • Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Alves, T., Francisco, J., Harris, T., Nangoma, D. & de Sousa, C. (2009). Biodiversity and Conservation of Mchese Mountain, Malawi. Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036: 1-71. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0