Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Trees or shrubs, usually glabrous, often malodorous; branches somewhat flexuose. Leaves sessile, alternate, distichous, entire, yellow-green (in Victoria) or grey-green. Flowers usually solitary, bisexual (in Victoria) or unisexual, white or yellowish, shortly pedicellate; calyx cupular, entire or slightly lobed, persistent, enlarging in fruit; petals 5 or 6, valvate in bud, each with an uncinate thickening near apex, caducous; stamens 3, inserted between petals, staminodes 5, inserted opposite petals, anthers introrse; ovary partly immersed in disc, 1-celled or imperfectly 3-celled, style short, stigma 3-lobed, subcapitate. Fruit a succulent drupe formed by enlarged hypanthium; seed single.

About 60 species, mostly in Old World tropics and Australia; 11 species in Australia, all endemic.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Olacaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Santalanae
order Santalales
family Olacaceae
Higher taxa
genus Olax
Subordinate taxa