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Olax stricta R.Br.
Family Olacaceae
Olax stricta R.Br. APNI*

Description: Erect shrub to c. 2 m high; branches terete, ± striate, glabrous or minutely papillose.

Leaves distichous, linear to oblong or narrow-elliptic, mostly 3–10 mm long and 1–2 mm wide or rarely some larger on main branches, apex obtuse to acute and often mucronate or hooked, yellowish, ± folded longitudinally, sessile.

Flowers solitary, bisexual; peduncle c. 1.5 mm long. Calyx minute. Petals 5, free or fused, 3–6 mm long, white to yellowish. Stamens c. 1.5 mm long; staminodes c. 2 mm long, simple.

Drupe obovoid to ellipsoid, 4–8 mm long, c. 5 mm wide.


Illustration
M. Maiden

Photo © ANBG

Herbarium
Sheet

Flowering: throughout year.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry sclerophyll forest, woodland and heath, mostly on sandstone and granite, also in shrubland on coastal dunes; widespread, not common.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
AVH map***

Text by C. L. Gardner
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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