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South African National List of Trees No.
common name refers to the relationship with the ironwood
species, especially olea capensis.
small tree with slender trunk, bushy crown and whippy
variable, 5 to 8 m.
light to dark-grey, with scattered corky spots when young.
opposite, simple, elliptic, glossy dark-green, with small bump
or pits in the axils of the veins.
white to cream, occasionally pink-tinged, sweetly scented, in
small sprays in the leaf axils. Sept. - Dec.
brown, strong and heavy.
ovoid, fleshy berry, purplish-black when mature. Nov.
primarily been sourced, and occasional phrases directly quoted, from:
Breitenbach, Dr. F 1974, Southern Cape Forests and Trees,
The Government Printer, Pretoria.
Meg 2002, Keith Coates Palgrave Trees of Southern Africa,
Other information sources are listed on the References page.