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Ligustrum lucidum
Ligustrum lucidum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Oleaceae
Genus: Ligustrum
Species: L. lucidum
Binomial name
Ligustrum lucidum

Ligustrum lucidum (Glossy Privet, Chinese Privet or Broad-leaf Privet)[1] is a species of privet native to the southern half of China and is classed as a noxious weed in New South Wales, Australia where it was introduced.[1]



It is the largest species in the genus, growing as a tree up to 25 m tall. The leaves are opposite, glossy dark green, 6-17 cm long and 3-8 cm broad.


The plant is often used as an ornamental tree, sometimes as a cultivar.

Ethnomedical Uses

  • Known as Nu Zhen Zi in Chinese, Ligustrum lucidum is also known to the West as the "Wax Tree Privet".
  • The berries are used in traditional Chinese medicine in the treatment of "sexual weakness", tinnitus (ringing in the ears), as well as for general fatigue.
  • It is also used as increase the yin of the body.




  1. ^ a b Weed profile: Privet, New South Wales Department of Primary Industries

External references

  1. Flora of China: Ligustrum lucidum
  2. Plants for a Future: Ligustrum lucidum


Up to date as of January 23, 2010

From Wikispecies

Ligustrum lucidum


Classification System: APG II (down to family level)

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Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiospermae
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Euasterids I
Ordo: Lamiales
Familia: Oleaceae
Tribus: Oleeae
Genus: Ligustrum
Species: Ligustrum lucidum


Ligustrum lucidum W.T.Aiton

Vernacular name

Galego: Alfaneiro chinés
日本語: トウネズミモチ


  • Hortus kew. ed. 2, 1:19. 1810
  • USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database]. [1]
Wikimedia Commons For more multimedia, look at Category:Ligustrum lucidum on Wikimedia Commons.


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