Index
Kromme-Geelhout-Database

Species details

Genus

Genus : Olea
Family: Oleaceae (Dicotyledon)
Taxon : Flowering plant
Group : Plant

SPECIES
europaea
Sub Species
africana
NOTES

A tree with warty branches and narrow, discolourous leaves which are pale-scaled beneath. The wood is close-grained strong and very hard and the heartwood is very attractive. It is durable and finishes well. Makes fine furniture. the fruit is edible.


AUTHORITY
L.
Sub Author
(Mill.) P.S.Green
Conservation
Common
Habit
Tree
Land Invertebrate
n/a 


Colour
Notes: Flowers in axillary and terminal panicles
Colour: White
Common Name
Wild olive
Swartolienhout
Wilde olienhout
Habitat
NOTES: Common in the bush
HABITAT NAME: Bush
Uses
Renal treatments
A bark decoction is used for renal complaints
Pain treatments
A root decoction is used for headaches
Throat treatments
A leaf decoction is used as a gargle for sore throats and diphtheria
Gastro-intestinal treatments
A bark infusion is used for colic
Eye treatments
A leaf infusion is used as an eye lotion for both humans and animals
Charms
The fruit is edible but bitter
Respiratory treatments
Unspecified use
Animal treatments
Unspecified use
Food
The ripe fruits are edible and I have eaten them
Woodworking
A very heavy, hard wood which turns and polishes nicely
Fuel
An excellent firewood
Months
October
November
December
January
February
March
All year
Synonyms for Species
Olea africana



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