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Olax obtusifolia De Wild.
Protologue : Ann. Mus. Congo Belge. Bot., Ser. 4 177 (1903)
Information on the genus : Olax
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Shrub, or tree, 1,5-6(-15) m tall, glabrous; branches with reddish-brown bark, exfoliating; young branchlets deep green, becoming rust-coloured, channelled; leaves small (4-8 x 2-4 cm), pale green, with very short petiole;[…]
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Ecology : Rain-forest, in understorey; dry evergreen forests; open woodland in higher-rainfall areas, especially on rocky hills; dry plateau woodland. 300-1500 m alt.
  Plants and flower organs tend to be larger in N part of range.
  Resembling O. gossweileri. Material from SE Kenya (Shimba Hills) was previously named O. dissitiflora (fide Beentje, Kenya, trees, shrubs & lianas: 349-350, 1994).

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • (1968). Flora of Tropical East Africa Olacaceae: 6

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