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Red Panda's 1st spot submitted on 30th July 2009

Observed: 23rd July 2009 By: Red Panda

Red fruit bushes

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Wayfaring Tree (Viburnum lantana) interacts


bobthebirder's picture

wayfaring tree

A shrub of limestone soils, or chalk as at Dover.

Anyone know where it got its name from?

Bob Ford

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Sory, can not help you on this one, none of my folklore books give an adiquiate answer to how it got its name. It is found in hedgerows but also woodlands; there are other plant species far more tied to waysides. Its not even as though its berries were edible and therefore sustinance for wayfarers. To top it all its not really a tree, more a shrub.

My only thought is that it is the nearest early botanists got to a joke!

Graham Banwell

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