Olea paniculata (Oleaceae)

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There it is, a native species of olive. A tropical one at that! Could it be a substitute to the olive of commerce (Olea europaea)? Can it be eaten? I don’t know, but perhaps someone should try. The fruit is reputably eaten by a number of birds, but of course that does not mean that it is safe for human consumption. Other tropical species of Olea also occur in the Southeast Asian tropics.

Olea paniculatum

Maybe modern Australians could start developing a rich mythology around the plant, like what has come up around the European Olive tree.

Olea paniculatum

The feature of the leaves of this species make it almost instantly recognizable. The leaves are oppositely arranged in a flat plane, they are dark green and shiny and on the leaf underside, there are foveoles (hairy orifices) at practically every point where a vein comes off the midrib. On the pale coloured twig, it is also easy to see lenticels (little pits).

Olea paniculatum

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About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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