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Viburnum tinus
Viburnum tinus by L. By Jacob van Huysum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Dipsacales
Family: Adoxaceae
Genus: Viburnum
Species: V. tinus
Binomial name
Viburnum tinus
L.
Flower and leaves

Viburnum tinus (Laurustinus, Laurustinus Viburnum, or Laurestine) is a species of flowering plant in the genus Viburnum, native to the Mediterranean region and Macaronesia. Laurus signifies the leaves' similarities to bay laurel; tinus means "tenth born".

It is a shrub (rarely a small tree) reaching up to 2-7 m tall, with a dense, rounded crown. The leaves are evergreen, persisting 2-3 years, borne in opposite pairs, 4-10 cm long and 2-4 cm broad, with an entire margin. The flowers are white, produced in dense cymes 5-10 cm diameter in the winter. The fruit is a dark blue-black drupe 5-7 mm long. There are three subspecies:

  • Viburnum tinus subsp. tinus. Mediterranean region.
  • Viburnum tinus subsp. rigidum (syn. V. rigidum). Canary Islands.
  • Viburnum tinus subsp. subcordatum. Azores.

Cultivation and uses

It is a popular evergreen shrub widely cultivated for its winter flowering habit in regions with mild winters.

References


Wikispecies

Up to date as of January 23, 2010

From Wikispecies

Viburnum tinus

Taxonavigation

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 II
Ordo: Dipsacales
Familia: Adoxaceae
Genus: Viburnum
Species: Viburnum tinus
Varieties: V. tinus var. hirtulum - V. tinus var. lucidum

Name

Viburnum tinus L.

References

  • Species Plantarum 1:267. 1753
  • USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database]. [1]

Vernacular names

Galego: Lourentino
Türkçe: Defne yapraklı kartopu
Wikimedia Commons For more multimedia, look at Viburnum tinus on Wikimedia Commons.

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