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Genus: Elaeocarpus

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid I > Order: Oxalidales > Family: Elaeocarpaceae

About 350 species worldwide. There are no indigenous species in southern Africa (or Africa) but five species are cultivated in the region.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Elaeocarpus angustifolius (Giant blueberry-ash, Silver quandong)

Native from India through to Australia.


Elaeocarpus dentatus (Mock olive, Hinau)

Native to New Zealand.


Elaeocarpus kirtonii (Mowbullan, Whitewood, White quandong, Pigeonberry ash)

Native to eastern Australia.


Elaeocarpus reticulatus (Blueberry-ash, Quandong)

Native to eastern Australia.


Elaeocarpus serratus (Ceylon olive)

Native from India to Malesia.



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.


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