False Olive
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False Olive
ntroduced Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: False Olive
Botanical name: Elaeodendron orientale    Family: Celastraceae (Spike-thorn family)
Synonyms: Cassine orientalis

False Olive is a canopy tree found throughout the native forests of Mauritius. This tree may reach 15 m in height. It has a regular branches, form more or less rounded. Its bark is fluted, altertion of ribs and grooves. Interior of the cortex shows a bright yellow. The leaves on young plants are long and thin with a thin red mid-rib. The adult leaves are round and dark green with a toothed margin. It has small yellowish-green flowers. Flowers have 5 stamens clearly visible in the axils of the petals. Fruit is the size and shape of an olive. False olive is grown as an ornamental and is propagated by single eye cuttings.

Identification credit: Satish Pardeshi, Almeida Photographed at Veermata Jeejabai Bhosale Udyan, Mumbai.

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