Shrub/small tree what's this?

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Shrub/small tree what's this?

Post by RB » Wed Oct 11, 2006 5:37 pm

Looks like a seriously deficient bay leaf, laurus nobilis from a distance, but the leaves are not at all aromatic, and smaller.

Bush/tree was about 2.5 m high and rather rounded, on the garigue at Wardija, incidentally I also found some muscari which Stephen probably was referring to.

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Post by IL-PINE » Wed Oct 11, 2006 10:54 pm

Looks like Laurus nobilis to me.

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Post by RB » Thu Oct 12, 2006 9:36 am

Looks like but isn't, first indicator was that crushed leaves only smell of, guess what, crushed leaves. Looked it up. Book says Rhamnus alaternus, Med. Buckthorn and this site below seems to confirm, especially see the note about the leaves veins.

Incidentally this site is malta-related!

http://www.gees.ac.uk/resources/hosted/ ... kthorn.htm

I also found this at Buskett, Clapham Junction area (sort of).

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Post by MWP admin » Thu Oct 12, 2006 10:49 am

Leaves very variable, but can easily be recognised as the first two secondary veins arise from the base of the main vein.
(from the site indicated)

It is a very indicative feature in your pic (basal forked veins)
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Post by Sdravko » Fri Oct 13, 2006 9:14 am

yep, alaternus

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