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OLINIACEAE

Field Guide to the Moist Forest Trees of Tanzania

Jon C. Lovett, Chris K. Ruffo, Roy E. Gereau & James R.D. Taplin
Illustrations by Line Sørensen & Jilly Lovett

OLINIACEAE

Olinia rochetiana A. Juss.
Syn. FTEA: NC.
Syn. TTCL: O. discolor Mildbr., O. usambarensis Gilg, O. volkensii Gilg
Syn. other: NR.
Local names: Mlandege (H), Mlyanku (F), Mnduruma (C), Msada (C), Mwambe (S).
Bole: Branched. Crooked. Small/medium. To 20 m.
Bark: Pale grey. Smooth/rough/flaking in scales.
Slash: Outer part pink, inner part discolouring brown.
Leaf: Simple. Opposite.
Petiole: 0.2 – 0.9 cm. Channeled. Flat. Reddish.
Lamina: Small/medium. 0.6 – 12 × 0.5 – 4.5 cm. Elliptic. Cuneate/rounded. Acuminate/obtuse/emarginate. Entire. Glabrous/minutely hairy.
Domatia: Absent.
Glands: Absent.
Stipules: Apparently absent. Vestiges. Black.
Thorns & Spines: Absent.
Flower: Pink/red/white. Fragrant. Infloresence globose. Hermaphrodite.
Fruit: Pink/red. Globose 0.5 – 1 cm in diameter.
Ecology: Dry montane forest.
Distr: EA, N, LN, LT. Eastern, Central and Southern Africa.
Notes: 4-angled stem. Leaves often bright red when young.
Uses: Used for firewood, charcoal, spoons, stools, milk pots, tool handles and shade.
Last Updated: 18 June 2017