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Golden Dewdrop Plant

Duranta erecta

Description:

Duranta erecta, of family Verbenaceae, called the Golden Dewdrop, Pigeon Berry, and Skyflower, is a sprawling shrub or a small tree. It can grow to 6 m (20 ft) tall and can spread to an equal width. Mature specimens possess axillary thorns, which are often absent on younger specimens. The leaves are light green, elliptic to ovate, opposite, and grow up to 7.5 cm long and 3.5 cm broad, with a 1.5 cm petiole. The flowers are light-blue or lavender, produced in tight clusters located on terminal and axillary stems, blooming almost all year long. The fruit is a small globose yellow or orange berry, up to 11 mm diameter and containing several seeds. The leaves and berries of the plant are toxic, and are confirmed to have killed children, dogs and cats. However, songbirds eat the fruit without ill effects. The white variety can be seen in this spotting - http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/182....

Habitat:

Backyard.

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Laguna, Philippines

Spotted on Feb 27, 2013
Submitted on Feb 28, 2013

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