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Native Olive

(Chionanthus ramiflora, fam. Oliaceae)

Chionanthus ramiflora Chionanthus ramiflora Chionanthus ramiflora Chionanthus ramiflora Chionanthus ramiflora
Small to medium hardy tree producing large amounts of purple olive-like fruit.
Form or habit: Shrub or small tree
Latex:Absent
Leaf:Simple Opposite

Opposite, to about 25 x 8cm. Elliptic to broadly oblong, dark green above and paler underneath. Has a prominently raised, lemon coloured mid-vein.

Flower conspicuous: Conspicuous
Flower colour: White
Flower description:Small, lightly perfumed, 4 petalled cream flowers are borne in axillary sprays about 8cm long. Heavy flowerings have been observed in summer and further light flowerings in winter.
Fruit conspicuous: Conspicuous
Fruit colour: Purple
Fruit: Fleshy
Fruit description: Mature fruits are purple in colour, contain one hard seed and resemble olives in shape and size.
Habitat:Rainforest,Gallery (Riverine or riparian) forest,Beach Scrub/Littoral Rainforest
Distribution:North Eastern Queensland.
Food source for:Food for a range of marsupials and birds, including the Golden Bowerbird and Topknot Pigeon.
Toxicity:No toxicity known
Origin:Australia
Weed:No
Weed status:
Notes:Chion meaning snow and anthus flowered, referring to the masses of white flowers.
Information sources: The Mackay Branch Socieity for Growing Australian Plants. (1989) One Hundred and One Trees of Mackay.,Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia.,Don Perrin. (1990) Dictionary of Botanical Names.

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