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Olea (Olive genus)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid I > Order: Lamiales > Family: Oleaceae

Includes the Olive Olea europaea. There are about 50 species worldwide, found in the Mediterranean region, Africa, Asia and Mascarene Islands. Five species are native to southern Africa.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Olea capensis

Ysterhout [Afrikaans]

Olea capensis

Olea chimanimani

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.


Olea europaea (Olive)

The name Olea europaea applies to both the wild and domestic Olive. The wild Olive or Oleaster has a disjunct distribution in the Mediterranean region, the near East and down to South Africa. See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Olea exasperata


Olea woodiana