Wild olive (Olea europaea ssp. africana) belongs to Oleaceae (the Olive family). It is a semi-tall evergreen tree that is widespread in Africa, the Mascarene Islands, Arabia, India to China. This tree grows on rocky hillsides, stream banks or in woodland and can reach 7-12 m in height. The barks are grayish brown and sometimes peels off in stripes. The leaves are lanceolate and glossy grey-green to dark-green. White to greenish flowers come from October to February, and the fruits ripen purple-black. A tea can be made from the leaves.