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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical Africa (Chimanimani Mountains).
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Shrub or small tree 2–3 m. high.
Morphology Stem
Young stems glabrous, ± terete, bark grey, fairly smooth.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves thinly coriaceous; petiole 4–6 mm. long; lamina 2·4–7·5 x 0·5–1·4 cm., oblanceolate or narrowly elliptic, with apex obtuse, acute or acuminate and tipped with a small hard point, base acuminate; upper surface glossy dark green, with midrib level or slightly raised and lateral nerves faintly visible or obscure; lower surface mat, paler, with prominent midrib and lateral nerves completely obscure; both surfaces punctate, scales absent; margin not or slightly revolute, not undulate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a many–flowered paniculate cyme, terminal and in axils of upper 2 (3) leaf–pairs, slightly exceeding subtending leaf; bracts 0·5–1·5 mm. long, subulate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx c. 0·75 mm. long, cup–shaped, deeply 4–lobed, lobes triangular.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla c. 2 mm. long, whitish or cream–coloured; lobes ovate, obtuse, shortly united at base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anthers c. 1–1·5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium
Gynoecium c. 1·5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit 6·8 x 5·6 mm. (when dry), oblong–ellipsoid or subglobose.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed solitary, pendulous.

Native to:

Mozambique, Zimbabwe

Olea chimanimani Kupicha appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Goodier [308], Zimbabwe K000233372 holotype

First published in Kew Bull. 34: 71 (1979)

Accepted by

  • Green, P.S. (2006). World Checklist of Oleaceae Manuscript Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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