Oleaster (Family Elaeagnaceae)

 

Elaeagnaceae, the Oleaster Family, is a plant family of the Order Rosales
comprising small trees and shrubs. The family has 45-50 species in three
genera.

 

Species of Elaeagnaceae are native to temperate regions of the Northern
Hemisphere, south into tropical Asia and Australia.

 

Species of Elaeagnaceae often harbor nitrogen-fixing actinomycetes of
Genus Frankia in their roots, making them useful for soil reclamation.
The fruit of Hippophaë rhamnoides is edible and rich in vitamin C; that
of Elaeagnus spp. constitutes ‘Russian’ or ‘wild olive’, ‘goumi’, ‘trebizond
date’; and Shepherdia argentea is ‘buffalo- (rabbit-) berry’ or ‘Nebraska
currant.

 

 

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