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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 7/8/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 7/8/2013)
Genus Ligustrum L.
PlaceOfPublication Sp. PI. 7. 1753
Note TYPE: L. vulgare L.
Description Shrubs or small trees, evergreen or deciduous; pubescence of simple hairs. Leaves simple, entire, opposite, pinnately veined, often minutely punctate be- neath; petioles short, canaliculate; exstipulate. Inflorescences mostly terminal panicles, sometimes congested and spikelike, the branching sometimes alternate; scalelike bracts and bractlets mostly present. Flowers often odorous, mostly white; calyx small, cupular, 4-denticulate; corolla salverform to campanulate, lobed ca. halfway, the 4 lobes valvate but sometimes appearing imbricate when dry; stamens 2, the slender filaments inserted near the top of the corolla tube, the anthers basi- fixed, oblong, apiculate, introrse; style *with 2 oblong or fusiform stigmatic branches, the ovary subglobose, 2-carpellate and 2-loculed, each with 2 pendulous, anatropous ovules. Fruits baccate drupes with 1-4 pyrenes, rarely dehiscent.
Habit Shrubs or small trees
Distribution This genus is native to the Old World and is best developed in eastern Asia. Several species are cultivated in the New World and some of these are naturalized.
Note Privets are useful hedge plants. In some places they are difficult to control be- cause of their vigorous underground growth. A few cases of livestock poisoning have been attributed to this genus in other parts of the world.
Common privet alagustre
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