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Privet Berries

Observed: 1st December 2012 By: John PilkingtonJohn Pilkington’s reputation in PlantsJohn Pilkington’s reputation in PlantsJohn Pilkington’s reputation in PlantsJohn Pilkington’s reputation in PlantsJohn Pilkington’s reputation in Plants
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Description:

One of several shrubs in the car-park to WWT Arundel; not sure whether this is a wild specimen or a "garden" variant that has been planted. No leaves on plant to assist identification.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Privet (Ligustrum) interacts

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Jonathan's picture

Privet is evergreen, but cold

Privet is evergreen, but cold might have caused it to drop its leaves I suppose.

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

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Title amended

In light of identification agreement

GrizzledBadger's picture

Privet

Probably Ligustrum vulgare "Common Privet" a native of hedgerows & woodland which is partially evergreen.

Brock

Rachy Ramone's picture

Could also be....

...Buckthorn, Rhamnus cathartica, which also has black berries in clusters, and which would be bare-stemmed at this time of year, and which is frequently found in car parks, small woodlands etc.

The berries are normally found in axilliary clusters, but also sometimes in terminal groupage, as per your photo: they also do grow in multiple stems, as described.

Privet really should still have some leaves on it, so it could be Buckthorn?

Rachy Ramone

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John Pilkington's picture

Could be

Many thanks Rachy, very grateful for your feedback. Will look further into this; unfortunately, the "samples" are now ~180 miles away, so I won't be able to confirm very easily. John