Sunday, 20 March 2011

Daphne mezereum L.

Daphne mezereum L.
Familia: Thymelaeaceae
Croatian name: Obični likovac
English name: Mezereon, Dwarf bay

This is a small deciduous bush, up to 1.5 m tall, native to Europe and Western Asia. It grows in woodlans on lime rich soils. The leaves are pale green and soft, 3 - 8 cm long, spirally arranged on the tips of the stems. Flowers are pink, scented and sessile (no flower stem). They appear in early Spring before the leaves.
Fruit is red berry.

image: caliban

The whole plant is poisonous.

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