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E Introduced Photo: Anil Thakur
Common name: Laurustine, Laurustinus, Laurestine
Botanical name: Viburnum tinus    Family: Viburnaceae (Viburnum family)
Synonyms: Viburnum latifolium, Viburnum lucidum, Viburnum laurifolium

Laurustine is a shrub, rarely a small tree, reaching 2-7 m tall and 3 m broad, with a dense, rounded crown. Leaves are evergreen, persisting 2-3 years, ovate to elliptic, borne in opposite pairs, 4-10 cm long and 2-4 cm broad, fine hairs persisting on the underside, with an entire margin. Flowers are small, white or light pink, produced from reddish-pink buds in dense cymes 5-10 cm diameter. The fragrant flowers are bisexual and 5-merous. The five petals are rounded, pink in the bud but later white. There is only one circle with five stamens. Pollination is by insects. The fruit is a dark blue-black drupe 5-7 mm long. Laurustine is native to the Mediterranean region, cultivated elsewhere.

Identification credit: Anil Thakur Photographed in cultivation in Shimla.

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