Notelaea ligustrina Vent.

Privet Mock-olive

Choix Pl. near t. 25 (1804) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tall shrub or small tree 3–12 m high; branches glabrous or puberulous when young. Leaves narrow-lanceolate, 2–8.5 cm long, 4–25 mm wide, c. obtuse, margins entire, discolorous, glabrous, venation obscure; petiole 2–12 mm long, often purplish. Racemes mostly 1.5–4 cm long, 1–3 per axil, mostly 7–13-flowered; pedicels 2–7 mm long. Calyx 0.5–1.5 mm long, with prominent c. triangular teeth; petals 1–1.5 mm long, imbricate in bud, yellow-green. Drupe subglobose, 6–10 mm diam., white, pink or purplish-black. Flowers summer and autumn.

EGL, EGU, GipP, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro. Also NSW, Tas. A widespread component of montane forests of eastern Victoria, with isolated western records for the Otway Range and the Grampians.

Some modern authors include Notelaea ligustrina in the genus Nestegis on the basis of its more or less free petals that are imbricate in bud, and the obscure leaf venation.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Oleaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-11-19
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
family Oleaceae
genus Notelaea
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Notelaea ligustrina in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Notelaea ligustrina in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Greater Grampians present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales