Scientific Name:
Ligustrum lucidum W.T.Aiton in Aiton, Hortus Kew. (W.T. Aiton), ed. 2., 1, 19 (1810)
Vernacular Name(s):
broadleaf privet; Tree privet

Glabrous, small or medium-sized, evergreen tree to c. 10 m high (taller in cultivation), sometimes a dense shrub. Shoots glabrous. Petioles mostly 1–2 cm long). Lamina 5–13 × 3–6 cm, ovate to elliptic-ovate, glossy above; base broad-cuneate to rounded; apex usually abruptly short-acuminate, sometimes acute. Panicles up to 25 × 20 cm, dense, broadly pyramidal; branches angular; pedicels very short. Bracts oblong or oblong-lanceolate; bracteoles much smaller, caducous. Fls fragrant. Calyx 1–2 mm long; lobes indistinct. Corolla white; tube c. 1.5 mm long; lobes 2–2.5 mm long, oblong-elliptic, reflexed, with ± involute margins, acute. Stamens c. 4 mm long, exserted; anthers yellow. Style included. Fr. to 6 × 5 mm, ellipsoid-oblong, bluish or purplish black, ± pruinose. Seed c. 5 mm long, ± broadly ellipsoid, ribbed on back.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]


Flowering: Nov.–Mar.

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