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Common Olive - introduced (*Olea europaea)
Family: Oleaceae (Olive family).
Native of Mediterranean region and southwest Asia.
Occurrence: Occasional weed.
- it is a small tree
- the leaves are grey-green above, and silvery (because of dense scales) underneath
- the fruit is the olive.
The plant is cultivated for its oil producing fruits. In some parts of Australia the olive is a significant environmental weed.
Photos 1: Olive branch showing leaves and unripe
fruit. The fleshy fruit ripen to a purple-black
colour. St Arnaud.
2. Olive in bud. The flowers are small.