Olax obtusifolia De Wild.

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Olax obtusifolia

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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:
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: DRC and Zambia south to Mozambique
Mozambique distribution: N
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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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 109. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 196.

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.

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1967). The influence of copper content of the soil on trees and shrubs of Molly South Hill, Mangula Kirkia 6(1) Pages 63 - 84.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 65.

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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Flora of Malawi: Olax obtusifolia
Flora of Zambia: Olax obtusifolia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Olax obtusifolia

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Olax obtusifolia
African Plant Database: Olax obtusifolia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Olax obtusifolia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Olax obtusifolia
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Olax obtusifolia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Olax obtusifolia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Olax obtusifolia
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Olax obtusifolia
iNaturalist: Olax obtusifolia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Olax obtusifolia
JSTOR Plant Science: Olax obtusifolia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Olax obtusifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Olax obtusifolia
Plants of the World Online: Olax obtusifolia
The Plant List (version 1.1): Olax obtusifolia
Tropicos: Olax obtusifolia
Wikipedia: Olax obtusifolia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Olax obtusifolia.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=121570, retrieved 14 October 2019

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