Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Metachlamydeae: Lamiales

Oleaceae - Olive family

Kupicha, F.K. (1983) Oleaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1)

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs, climbers or suffrutices. Stipules 0. Leaves opposite, rarely whorled or alternate, simple or 1-pinnate. Domatia sometimes present. Inflorescence cymose or often paniculate. Flowers usually bisexual, less often unisexual. Calyx gamosepalous, lobes 4-many. Corolla gamopetalous, lobes 4-many. Stamens 2. Ovary superior, 2-locular. Style 1, usually with 2-lobed stigma. Fruit a berry, drupe, capsule or samara. Seeds sometimes winged.

Worldwide: 24 genera and 600 species, more or less cosmopolitan.

Zimbabwe: 5 cultivated genera and 17 cultivated taxa.

No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species

Links to cultivated genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

GenusContent
Forsythia Vahl
Fraxinus L.Description
Jasminum L.Description
Ligustrum L.Description
Olea L.Description

Other sources of information about Oleaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Oleaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Oleaceae
Flora of Malawi: Oleaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Oleaceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Oleaceae
Flora of Zambia: Oleaceae
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Oleaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Oleaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Oleaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: Family page: Oleaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=155, retrieved 26 August 2016

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