Thymelaea, from the Greek thymos thyme and elaia olive as the leaves are thyme-like and the fruit resembles a small olive. Herbs, shrubs or trees with simple, alternate, opposite or whorled leaves. Inflorescence various, flowers usually regular, calyx or perianth of 4-5 fused parts, petals when present usually very small. Stamens 2-10, Carpels usually 2-5, fruit usually fleshy, indehiscent.