Daphne laureola

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Taxonomy
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Myrtales
Family: Thymelaeaceae
Genus: Daphne
Species: D. laureola
Scientific Name
Daphne laureola
L.
Common Names

spurgelaurel, spurge laurel

Overview

Appearance
Daphne laureola is an evergreen shrub that can grow from 2-4 ft. (0.61-1.2 m) tall.
Foliage
Leaves are whorled, dark green, 1-5 in. (2.5-12.7 cm) long, thick, smooth, and shiny. Stem bark is gray to yellowish in color.
Flowers
Flowers are found in clusters of 2 to 10 small, fragrant, and pale green with orange stamens. Blooming occurs from late January to early April.
Fruit
Fruits are oval black to bluish berries containing a single seed. Berries ripen in early summer. Plant reproduces by seed as well as by root sprouts.
Ecological Threat
Daphne laureola grows best is areas with partial to deep shading such as woodlands. It is native to Europe and the Mediterranean. Be aware, this plant is poisonous to humans and can cause contact dermatitis when touched.

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