|definition||Distribution: This family consists of 26 genera and around 600 species that are distributed
throughout temperate, subtropical and tropical areas of the world. The highest diversity
of this family is found in Asia. In Australia there are 8 genera and 47 species, 14
of these naturalised.
Description: The species within this family are monoecious, androdioecious or dioecious trees, shrubs or climbers, evergreen or deciduous.
For more details regarding the description of species within this family please see: https://profiles.ala.org.au/opus/foa/profile/Oleaceae
Pollen Morphology: The pollen produced by this family have a rounded triangular shape in polar view and an oblate spherioidal in equatorial view. These pollen grains are 18-30um in size and are tricolpate (3 furrows). The surface texture of these grains are reticulate (mesh), with the width of this mesh varying between taxa.