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Rhamnus alaternus

Alaterne
Mediterranean Buckthorn

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

yellow

Flower size

2-3 mm

Flowering months

March,

April

Leaf type

Elliptic

Height

5 m

Description

A non-spiny evergreen shrub with small, glossy, leathery leaves.

The wood is sometimes used for furniture.

Flowers

Flowers have greenish-yellow sepals, no petals, borne in cylindrical spikes.

Male and female on separate shrubs.

Leaves

Elliptic oval leaf. Oval, finely serrated, alternate on the stem, leathery, 4-6 veins, 2-6 cm.

Fruits Seeds

Drupe: outer fleshy parts surround a shell/pit with a seed inside, first red then black, 5 mm.

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