Monday, April 7, 2014

Wild-olive tree

Olea oleaster, the wild-olive tree, has been considered by various botanists a valid species and a subspecies of the cultivated olive tree, Olea Europaea, which is a tree of multiple origins that was domesticated, it now appears, at various places during the fourth and third millennia BCE, in selections drawn from varying local populations.

Sprays of tiny, lightly scented white to greenish flowers (March to July) are followed (October to February) by small, spherical, thinly fleshy fruits (either sweet or sour) which ripen purple-black.

The hard, heavy and beautiful golden-brown wood is used for furniture and in Menorca to made the traditional Menorcan fences.

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