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Olea europaea

Olivier
Olive Tree

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

white

Flower size

4-5 mm

Flowering months

May,

June

Leaf type

Lanceolate

Height

8 m

Description

The olive tree was first introduced into France by the Greeks 2,500 years ago and has been cultivated here ever since.

Flowers

The fragrant, creamy-white flowers are borne in the leaf axil.

Leaves

Lanceolate leaf is lance-shaped: long and widest in the middle {end-tooltip}. Long, wider in the middle, pointed, green above, silvery below.

Fruits Seeds

Drupe: outer fleshy parts surround a shell/pit with a seed inside. Green, eventually deep purple.

Edible

Fruit: preserved green and black olives used extensively in the cuisine of the region; oil extracted from the fruit for culinary purposes.

Medical

Fruit: oil extracted from the fruit is rich in vitamin E.
Leaves: antiseptic properties, formerly used in wound treatment.

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