L., Sp. PI. 7 (1753).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: European privet.
Evergreen shrub (deciduous in cold climates not in S.Aust.) to 3 m; leaves ellipsoid, 2-5 cm long, 1-2 cm broad.
Inflorescence terminal, dense, many-flowered, cymose panicle 2-6 cm long; flowers white, strongly and sweetly slightly foetid-scented; calyx shallowly campanulate, more or less entire; corolla tube c. 2 mm long, lobes 4, c. 2 mm long, slightly reflexed at full anthesis; anthers 2, exserted, ellipsoid, c. 1 mm long, filaments c. 1.5 mm long; ovary rounded, c. 1 mm long, style terminal.
Fruit a blue-black fleshy spheroidal lustrous berry, c. 5-6 mm diam.
S.Aust.: NL, SL, SE. Native of Europe, once extensively used for hedging.
Flowering time: spring.
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