Thursday, 10 September 2015

MELBOURNE STREET TREES 127 - VIBURNUM

Viburnum is a genus of about 150–175 species of shrubs or (in a few species) small trees in the moschatel family, AdoxaceaeThe member species are native throughout the temperate Northern Hemisphere, with a few species extending into tropical montane regions in South America, Russia, and southeast Asia. In Africa, the genus is confined to the Atlas Mountains. In Ukraine, it is seen as a national symbol.

The leaves are opposite, simple, and entire, toothed or lobed; cool temperate species are deciduous, while most of the warm temperate species are evergreen. Some species are densely hairy on the shoots and leaves, with star-shaped hairs.

The flowers are produced in corymbs 5–15 cm across, each flower white to cream or pink, small, 3–5 mm across, with five petals, strongly fragrant in some species. The gynoecium has three connate carpels with the nectary on top of the gynoecium. Some species also have a fringe of large, showy sterile flowers round the perimeter of the corymb to act as a pollinator target.

The fruit is a spherical, oval, or somewhat flattened drupe, red to purple, blue, or black, and containing a single seed; some are edible for humans, but many others are mildly poisonous. The leaves are eaten by the larvae of many Lepidoptera species.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.





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  2. Lovely shots of the Viburnum. They are a beautiful flower and come in quite a variety of different shapes and sizes. Your close up shots are beautiful.

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