African Plant Database

Olax gambecola Baill.
Protologue : Adansonia sér.1 3: 121 (1862 [1863])
Information on the genus : Olax
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Olax poggei Engl.
=Olax viridis Oliv. (1868)
=Alsodeiopsis glaberrima Engl. ex Hutch. & Dalziel (1928)
=Olax minquartioides Baill. ex Pellegr. (1924)
=*Olax pyramidata A. Chev. (1920)
=*Olax ubanghensis A. Chev. (1913)
=Olax verruculosa Engl. (1893)
=Ptychopetalum alliaceum De Wild. (1903)
=Ptychopetalum nigricans De Wild. (1903)
=Olax alliaceae (De Wild.) Vermoesen ex Boutique
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Shrublet or shrub, glabrous, 0,3-3(-8) m tall; branches 4-winged, white-spotted; young twigs very pustulate; flowers white in axillary racemes; stamens 3-4, staminodes 5-6; calyx a disk at base, non-accrescent in fruit.
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Ecology : Evergreen or mixed forests; lowland rain-forest with Chrysophyllum albidum, Cola gigantea, Erythrophleum suaveolens, Alstonia boonei, Parinari excelsa, Milicia excelsa; rain-forest in wet situations, riverbanks, […] 1-1350 m alt.
  Variable in shape and size of leaves.
  Leaves when crushed have a garlic flavour.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • (1968). Flora of Tropical East Africa Olacaceae: 7-9
  • (1968). Flora of Tropical East Africa Olacaceae: 8
  • DARBYSHIRE, I. KORDOFAMI, M. & AL. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing : 268

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 2: 159 (1992).
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