Thursday, 10 July 2014

MELBOURNE STREET TREES 81 - LAURUSTINUS

Viburnum tinus (Laurustinus, Laurustinus Viburnum, or Laurestine) is a species of flowering plant in the family Adoxaceae, native to the Mediterranean area of Europe and North Africa. 'Laurus' signifies the leaves' superficial similarities to bay laurel.

It is a shrub (rarely a small tree) reaching 2–7 m tall and 3 m broad, with a dense, rounded crown. The leaves are evergreen, persisting 2–3 years, ovate to elliptic, borne in opposite pairs, 4–10 cm long and 2–4 cm broad, with an entire margin. The flowers are small, white or light pink, produced from reddish-pink buds in dense cymes 5–10 cm diameter in the winter. The fragrant flowers are bisexual and pentamerous. The flowering period is from October to June. Pollination is by insects. The fruit is a dark blue-black drupe 5–7 mm long.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.








11 comments:

  1. This is interesting...and your pictures are gorgeous. I really like its flowers...
    -- Srinagar's floating vegetable market

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  2. Very nice...it look a bit like our viburnums. Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  3. yes, lovely to see up close...

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  4. The dense flowers on an evergreen shrub are gorgeous. The houses were designed to not look special, so the garden had to be special.

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  5. Great captures for FFF

    Heidrun from Germany

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  6. Such a lot of blossoms... Gorgeous! Wonderful photos!

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  7. Interesting shrub! Great pictures, I bet it has a lot of insects flying all over it.

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