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  1. spurge laurel, wood laurel, Daphne laureola(noun)

    bushy Eurasian shrub with glossy leathery oblong leaves and yellow-green flowers

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  1. Daphne laureola

    Daphne laureola, commonly called spurge-laurel, is a shrub in the flowering plant family Thymelaeaceae. Despite the name, this woodland plant is neither a spurge nor a laurel. Its native range covers much of Europe and extends to Algeria, Morocco and the Azores. With Daphne mezereum it is one of two species of Daphne native to Britain, both of which have a strong preference for alkaline soils and are most commonly found in limestone areas. However, unlike D. mezereum, D. laureola is an evergreen with yellowish green flowers borne very early in the spring and black berries, which are poisonous to humans but not to birds, present from late summer. All parts of the plants are poisonous. The sap is known to cause skin rashes on contact. D. laureola reaches a height between 0.5-1.5 meters. The habit of this shrub can be upright or decumbent. The bark is thin and yellow-grey when mature, while immature stems are green. The alternate leaves usually form dense whorls at the shoot tips, but may clothe entire branches. The leaves are oblanceolate to obovate-oblanceolate, 2–13 cm long and 1–3 cm wide. They are glabrous, dark green and glossy on the upper surface and lighter in color beneath.

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