Ligustrum L.
  • Sp. Pl. 1: 7. 1753. (1 May 1753)
  • privet alagustre

Cite taxon page as 'WFO (2021): Ligustrum L. Published on the Internet; Accessed on: 16 Oct 2021'

General Information

Shrubs or small trees, deciduous or evergreen. Leaves opposite, simple, short petiolate; leaf blade entire. Inflorescences terminal panicles of cymes, rarely lateral. Flowers bisexual, sessile or pedicellate. Calyx campanulate, truncate or 4-toothed, persistent. Corolla white, rotate, funnelform, or salverform, 4-lobed; lobes ca. as long as or shorter than corolla tube, valvate in bud. Stamens 2, inserted at mouth of corolla tube, included or exserted; anthers yellow or sometimes purple, oblong. Ovules 2 in each locule, pendulous. Style shorter than stamens; stigma 2-cleft. Fruit a berrylike drupe with membranous or papery endocarp, rarely drupaceous or loculicidal. Seeds 1-4; endosperm fleshy; radicle short, upward.

  • Provided by: [D].Flora Of CHina @
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    Shrubs or small trees, evergreen or deciduous; pubescence of simple hairs. Leaves simple, entire, opposite, pinnately veined, often minutely punctate be- neath; petioles short, canaliculate; exstipulate. Inflorescences mostly terminal panicles, sometimes congested and spikelike, the branching sometimes alternate; scalelike bracts and bractlets mostly present. Flowers often odorous, mostly white; calyx small, cupular, 4-denticulate; corolla salverform to campanulate, lobed ca. halfway, the 4 lobes valvate but sometimes appearing imbricate when dry; stamens 2, the slender filaments inserted near the top of the corolla tube, the anthers basi- fixed, oblong, apiculate, introrse; style *with 2 oblong or fusiform stigmatic branches, the ovary subglobose, 2-carpellate and 2-loculed, each with 2 pendulous, anatropous ovules. Fruits baccate drupes with 1-4 pyrenes, rarely dehiscent.

  • Provided by: [A].Flora de Panama
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    "Fls perfect; cal small, obconic or campanulate, truncate or obscurely 4-lobed; cor salverform, the 4 lobes spreading or recurved; stamens 2; anthers large; ovules 2 per locule; stigma capitate; fr a small black drupe; shrubs with simple, short-petioled, entire lvs and small panicles of white fls terminating the main axis and short lateral branches. 40, Old World.A number of spp. are cult. and occasionally escape, but only L. vulgare is commonly established. Some of the other spp. are keyed, but only L. vulgare is described."

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    3. Ligustrum L.

    Por P.S Green.

    Arbustos o árboles pequeños, perennifolios o subcaducifolios, bisexuales. Hojas opuestas, enteras, coriáceas o cartáceas, simples. Inflorescencias cimosas, paniculadas, terminales en el vástago principal o laterales. Flores bisexuales, blancas o cremosas, generalmente fragantes. Cáliz pequeño, campanulado, entero o con 4 dientes poco profundos. Corola simpétala; lobos 4, ovados a lanceolados, valvados o valvado-induplicado.Estambres 2, epipétalos en el tubo de la corola, incluidos o exertos (Mesoamérica); anteras oblongo-elípticas, el conectivo con frecuencia prolongado en un apéndice corto y obtuso. Ovario con 2 óvulos axilares por lóculo; estilo terminal. Fruto en baya globosa, con 1-2 semillas, negro-azulosa a negra cuando madura. Aprox. 40 spp. Nativa de regiones templadas y algunas áreas tropicales del Viejo Mundo, excepto África y las regiones frías.

    Varias especies son frecuentemente cultivadas como setos y están ampliamente naturalizadas.

  • Provided by: [C].Flora Mesoamericana
    • Habit

      Shrubs or small trees

    • Provided by: [A].Flora de Panama
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      This genus is native to the Old World and is best developed in eastern Asia. Several species are cultivated in the New World and some of these are naturalized.

    • Provided by: [A].Flora de Panama
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      Other Local Names

      privet alagustre


       Information From

      Flora de Panama
      Robert E. Woodson, Jr. and Robert W. Schery Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 67, No. 4 (1980), pp. ii-xxxiii
      • A Missouri Botanical Garden
      New York Botanical Garden
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      Flora Mesoamericana
      Gerrit Davidse, Mario Sousa Sánchez, A. O. Chater, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Instituto de Biología, Missouri Botanical Garden, Natural History Museum (London, England) UNAM, 1994
      • C Missouri Botanical Garden
      Flora Of CHina @
      'Flora of China @ eFloras (2008). Published on the Internet [accessed August 2016]' Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
      • D Missouri Botanical Garden
      World Flora Online Data. 2017.
      • E CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).
      World Flora Online consortium
      World Flora Online Data. 2018.
      • F CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).