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Ruscus aculeatus is a low evergreen Eurasian shrub, with flat shoots known as cladodes that give the appearance of stiff, spine-tipped leaves. Small greenish flowers appear in spring, and are borne singly in the centre of the cladodes. The female flowers are followed by a red berry, and the seeds are bird-distributed, but the plant also spreads vegetatively by means of rhizomes.
Ruscus aculeatus occurs in woodlands and hedgerows, where it is tolerant of deep shade, and also on coastal cliffs.
Greek names: Οξυμυρσίνη η ακανθώδης, Ρούσκος ο κεντρωτός. Greek common names: Αγριομερσίνη, Κουρελλιά, Μερσίνη, Πιρνάρι (Κύπρος), Λαγομηλιά, Ρουσκοκούκκι, Νεροκαθουλήθρα (Κεφαλ.)
Spotted on Oct 13, 2014
Submitted on Oct 15, 2014