Olax obtusifolia De Wild.

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Olax obtusifolia

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Olax obtusifolia

Photo: Patricia Bingham

Olax obtusifolia

Photo: Patricia Bingham

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Common names: Large-fruited olax (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree with a rounded crown. Leaves ovate to elliptic, dull light green, thinly textured, hairless, apex broadly tapering to rounded. Flowers in small axillary clusters, rarely solitary, creamy-white. Fruit a spherical drupe, c. 2.5 cm in diameter, yellow-orange when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: obtusifolia: with obtuse leaves
Habitat: In hot and dry woodland.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: DRC and Zambia south to Mozambique
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Hypolycaena caeculus caeculus (Food plant)
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Images last updated: Thursday 12 April 2007

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 235.

Garcia, J.G. (1963). Olacaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 332 - 334.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 128.


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African Plant Database: Olax obtusifolia
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Olax obtusifolia
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Olax obtusifolia
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Olax obtusifolia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Olax obtusifolia
Ispot Southern Africa : Olax obtusifolia
JSTOR Plant Science: Olax obtusifolia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Olax obtusifolia
Tropicos: Olax obtusifolia
West African Plants database: Olax obtusifolia

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: Species information: Olax obtusifolia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=121570, retrieved 28 October 2016

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