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Laurustinus

Observed: 12th March 2013 By: gramandy
Kent Wildlife TrustThanet Coast ProjectWildwood Trust
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Laurustinus
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Description:

Shrub lining garden. This is new to me, so can't go to species. Odora maybe but iSpot doesn't seem to have this sp. Changed title (thanks Chris) to be correct for carousel.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Laurustinus (Viburnum tinus) interacts

Comments

David Trevan's picture

Daphne odora 'Aureo-Marginata.

This is a much choicer species than Viburnum tinus which is quite widely planted. It has an amazing fragrance (all winter), one sprig in a small vase will perfume a room.They are not easy to propagate and have a habit of suddenly dying off or being short lived. See this observation of mine from a while back:

http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/119532

David J Trevan

lavateraguy's picture

How to tell the difference

I suspected laurustinus, but wasn't ready to call it on the basis of the photographs (and the flowering season escaped my attention).

Daphne flowers are quite distinctive - to quote Stace on the family (Thymelaeaceae) "distinctive in the perigynous flowers with 4 sepals, 0 petals and ovary with one ovule". They have 8 stamens, but 4 of them are often hidden down in the calyx tube.

Viburnum has 5 sepals, 5 petals and 5 stamens.

gramandy's picture

thanks for your help....

..everyone, learning all the time