Electronic Flora of South Australia genus Fact Sheet
L., Sp. Pl. 34 (1753).
Derivation: Medieval Latin olax, ill-smelling; the wood of some Asiatic species has an unpleasant odor.
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: None
Trees or shrubs with small alternate entire leaves.
calyx cup-shaped, small in flower but much larger later so as to enclose the fruit loosely; petals 5 or 6, valvate in bud; fertile stamens 3 with 3 staminodes alternate to them, entire or 2-lobed; ovary superior, 1-celled, or 3-celled at the base; stigma entire or shortly 3-lobed, with 3 anatropous ovules hanging from the free central placenta.
Drupe enclosed in the swollen calyx but free from it.
About 55 species in the Old World tropics and Australia. 11 species, all endemic to Australia.
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