Botanical name: Elaeagnus latifolia Family: Elaeagnaceae (Oleaster family)
Synonyms: Elaeagnus kologa, Elaeagnus arborea, Elaeagnus elliptica
South Indian Wild Olive is a large woody climber with young stem, leaves below and inflorescence densely scaly with silvery and coppery scales mixed. It is distinct from the East Himalayan species, the Wild Olive. The two species can be easily distinguished by their leaves. Leaves are alternate, 4-8 x 2.5-4 cm, elliptic oblong, pointed to slightly tapering at tip, narrowed at base, densely scaly below, sparsely so above when young. Flower racemes are short, in leaf-axils, 5-7-flowered. Flowers 0.6-0.7 cm across. Perianth bell-shaped; tube 0.8-1 cm long; lobes 4, 0.2-0.3 cm long, triangular. Stamens 4, included. Ovary 0.2-0.3 cm long, 1-celled; ovule 1; style rolled and included, silvery hairy; stigma lateral. Drupe 1-1.5 x 0.8-1 cm, oblong, orange-red on opening. South Indian Wild Olive is found in South India, Sri Lanka, Andaman & Nicobar, and SE Asia. Flowering: January-February.
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