L., Sp. Pl. 193 (1753).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: Blow-fly bush, (Italian) buckthorn.
Shrubs or trees to 5 m high; leaves lanceolate or ovate- to broad-elliptic, acute, leathery, dark-green above, paler below, serrate, 2-7.5 x 0.5-4, petioles 3-12 mm long.
Inflorescences with many male flowers and a few bisexual at the apex, 1-2 cm long; pedicels 1-2 mm long, to c. 3 mm long in fruit; flowers pale-green; floral tube c. 2 mm long, cup-shaped, persistent; sepals 5; ovary usually 3-celled
Fruits at first red, turning black or brown, obovoid-globose, grooved between the cells, apically impressed, c. 5 mm long.
||Rhamnus alaternus inflorescence and flower.
Image source: fig 428f in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Grown as a hedge or shrub but commonly naturalised, from coastal dunes to inland wooded areas.
S.Aust.: FR, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, KI, SE. N.S.W.; Vic. native to the Mediterranean.
Flowering time: Aug. — Sept., rarely at other times.
SA Distribution Map based
on current data relating to
specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia
Not yet available