Daphne laureola

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Daphne laureola
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Malvales
Family: Thymelaeaceae
Genus: Daphne
Binomial name
Daphne laureola
L.

Daphne laureola, or Spurge-laurel, is a species of Daphne in the flowering plant family Thymelaeaceae. Despite the name though, this woodland plant is neither a spurge nor a laurel. It is one of the two species of Daphne native to Britain - the other being Daphne mezereum. However, unlike Mezereon, it is evergreen. The black berries are poisonous to humans, but birds can eat them without harm.[1]

References

  1. The Reader's Digest Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of Britain p.123.

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