Phillyrea latifolia

Mock privet                                                                                                      Φιλλύκι


Oleaceae - olive family                                                                                        Dicot.

 
 
 

A member of the olive family, Phillyrea latifolia is a sclerophyllous plant characteristic of the Mediterranean biotope. It grows in Macchia, often entangled with neighbouring plants., and as a plant in the understory of the forest. The thick dark green leaves have a waxy coating which helps to protect against the hot, dry, high-light conditions. The inconspicuous creamy flowers are followed by berries which resemble olives in appearance.

In its native habitat the plant tends to grow as a straggly  bush but it was introduced into gardens of Europe as an an evergreen plant, where it grows as an attractive, well formed architectural tree.

 

inconspicuous,  1-4 m                                                                                  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

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