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Butcher's Broom

Ruscus aculeatus

Description:

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.

Habitat:

Ruscus aculeatus occurs in woodlands and hedgerows, where it is tolerant of deep shade, and also on coastal cliffs.

Notes:

Greek names: Οξυμυρσίνη η ακανθώδης, Ρούσκος ο κεντρωτός. Greek common names: Αγριομερσίνη, Κουρελλιά, Μερσίνη, Πιρνάρι (Κύπρος), Λαγομηλιά, Ρουσκοκούκκι, Νεροκαθουλήθρα (Κεφαλ.)

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KostasZontanos
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KostasZontanos

Αποκεντρωμένη Διοίκηση Μακεδονίας - Θράκης, Greece

Spotted on Oct 13, 2014
Submitted on Oct 15, 2014

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