Olea L.

Genus of about 35 species concentrated mainly in the tropics of the Old World. In North Africa it is represented by O. europaea, distributed through most of the African continent, Macaronesia, the Mediterranean region and western-central Asia.

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Besnard, G., Christin, P.A., Baali-Cherif, D., Bouguedoura, N. & Anthelme, F. 2007. Spatial genetic structure in the Laperrine’s olive (Olea europaea subsp. laperrinei), a long-living tree from central-Saharan mountains. Heredity. 99: 649-657. doi: 10.1038/sj.hdy.6801051.

García-Verdugo, C., Forrest, A.D., Ballaguer, L., Fay, M.F. & Vargas, P. 2010. Parallel evolution of insular Olea europaea subspecies based on geographical structuring of plastid DNA variation and phenotypic similarity in leaf traits. Bot J Linn Soc. 162: 54–63. doi: 10.1111/j.1095-8339.2009.01013.x.

Médail, F. et al. 2001. Systematics, ecology and phylogeographic significance of Olea europaea L. ssp. maroccana (Greuter and Burdet) P. Vargas et al., a relictual olive tree in south-west Morocco. Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 137:250.

Vargas, P., Muñoz-Garmendia, F., Hess, J. & Kadereit, J. 2001. Olea europaea subsp. guanchica and subsp. maroccana (Oleaceae), two new names for olive tree relatives. Anales Jard. Bot. Madrid 58: 360-361.

Updated by: M. Cueto, E. Giménez & J. Charco.