Olea paniculata —Native Olive, Maulwood—OLEACEAE.

Olea paniculata

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Habitat— Grows in or near riverine, dry or littoral rainforest.

Distribution— North from the Hunter Valley in New South Wales extending into Queensland.

Description— Tree to 30 m high, trunk to 90 cm diam., glabrous, branches with conspicuous lenticels.

Local occurrences

Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Coocumbac Island, Forster Cemetery, Karloo Street Reserve, Little Street, One Mile Beach, Penenton Creek and Wetlands, Red Head, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, The Islands, Tiona, Tonie's Gully, Tuncurry Flora Park, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, entire, stipules absent, domatia present; ovate to elliptic, usually 5 to 10 cm long, 1.5 to 6 cm wide, apex acuminate, base rounded—cuneate, margins entire, upper surface glossy green, lower surface paler and with small hollow domatia along midvein; lateral veins and reticulum distinct on lower surface; petiole 8 to 12 mm long. Panicles many—flowered, 4 to 10 cm long. Calyx 4-lobed, c. 1 mm long. Corolla greenish white; tube < 1 mm long; lobes c. 2 mm long.

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Inflorescence—Panicles many—flowered, 4 to 10 cm long. Calyx 4—lobed, c. 1 mm long. Corolla greenish white; tube < 1 mm long; lobes c. 2 mm long

Flowering.—October to December.

Fruit—Drupe ovoid, 8 to 12 mm long, scarcely succulent, bluish black.

Ripe.—January to February.

Olea paniculata