L., Sp. Pl. 267 (1753) subsp. tinus.
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: Laurustinus.
Evergreen shrubs or small trees up to 4 m tall, much-branched, with scattered simple and stellate hairs mainly on and below the inflorescence; leaves with a petiole 1-2 cm long; blade lanceolate to elliptic, 5-9 x 1.5-4cm, acute or obtuse, entire, shiny, dark-green above, paler and pubescent below.
Inflorescence terminal, corymb-like, cymose, much-branched, with all flowers similar; bracts scale-like; calyx lobes broadly triangular, 1-2 mm long, with a blunt apex, with few hairs; corolla with a tube just shorter than the lobes, white often tinged pink outside; lobes broadly ovate, 2-3 mm long, papillose; stamens 5, with anthers much shorter than the filaments; ovary with 1 fertile cell (other 2 usually very much reduced) with 1 ovule, with a 3-lobed stigma on a short broad style.
Berry ellipsoid, blackish-blue.
S.Aust.: SL, KI. Native to southern Europe.
Flowering time: Aug. — Sept.
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