Scientific Name:
Ligustrum L., Sp. Pl. 7 (1753)
Vernacular Name(s):
Erect, deciduous or evergreen shrubs, sometimes forming small or medium-sized trees. Shoots ± terete, prominently lenticellate. Winter buds inconspicuous. Lvs opposite, simple, entire. Infl. a terminal panicle of small, ☿, usually scented fls. Calyx 4-lobed, campanulate, small. Corolla 4-lobed, salverform; tube sometimes much>the valvate lobes. Stamens 2, included or exserted, epipetalous; filaments short. Style <stamens; stigma 2-lobed. Fr. a berry-like drupe, black or very dark, 1–4-seeded.
[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]
Number of species in New Zealand within Ligustrum L.
Exotic: Fully Naturalised4
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