Daphne odora Thunb.


Evergreen shrub to over 1 m tall with hairless branches. Leaves alternate, oblongelliptic, sometimes crowded together, 5-8 cm long, 1.5-2.5 cm wide, blunt, hairless. Flower clusters in dense heads with 6-10 lanceolate bracts, purplish at first, white to purple, strongly fragrant; spring. Fruit red, fleshy.

f. alba (Hemsl.) Hara has flowers pure white.

China, Japan.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Thymeleaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata'

Leaves bordered irregularly with yellow. Flowers reddish purple with pale centres. ['Marginata', 'Variegata']

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Malvales
family       Thymelaeaceae
genus        Daphne L.