Olax obtusifolia De Wild.

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Olax obtusifolia

Lusaka 1976
Drawing: Patricia Bingham

Olax obtusifolia

Lusaka 1976
Drawing: Patricia Bingham

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Common names:
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.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: obtusifolia: with leaves obtuse (rounded, not pointed at the apex).
Habitat: In hot and dry woodland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Katanga, DRC, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Cb,N,Lk,W
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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Content last updated: Thursday 30 October 2014

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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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Olax obtusifolia
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Olax obtusifolia
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Olax obtusifolia.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=121570, retrieved 27 May 2024

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