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Genus: Chionanthus

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 > Asterids > Euasterid I > Order: Lamiales > Family: Oleaceae

About 120 species worldwide, occurring in the tropics mainly. There are three species native to southern Africa.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Chionanthus battiscombei


Chionanthus foveolatus (Fine-leaved Ironwood)

[=Linociera foveolata]

Gewone Fynblaarysterhout [Afrikaans]

Chionanthus foveolatus

Chionanthus peglerae



  • Hong-Wa C, Besnard G. 2013. Intricate patterns of phylogenetic relationships in the olive family as inferred from multi-locus plastid and nuclear DNA sequence analyses: A close-up on Chionanthus and Noronhia (Oleaceae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution in press. doi 10.1016/j.ympev.2013.02.003


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