Olax stricta R.Br.


Prodr. 358 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Erect, glabrous, often yellowish shrub to c. 1.5 m high; young branches striate, often minutely papillose. Leaves linear, oblong or narrow-elliptic, mostly 5–15 mm long, 1–3 mm wide, sometimes larger on main branches, apex acute or obtuse, often mucronate and slightly uncinate, flat or concave above. Flowers solitary; pedicel to c. 1.5 mm long; calyx to c. 0.5 mm long, slightly undulate, enlarging after flowering to enclose fruit; petals 5 or 6, 3–5 mm long, free or partly fused, white or yellowish; stamens c. 1.5 mm long, staminodes c. 2 mm long, hirsute in lower half. Drupes obovoid to ellipsoid, 4–8 mm long. Flowers throughout the year.

EGL. Also Qld, NSW. Narrowly restricted in Victoria to heathy woodland and heathland south of Cann River, but locally abundant.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-13
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Santalanae
order Santalales
family Olacaceae
genus Olax
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Olax stricta in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Olax stricta in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Lowlands present native

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