Daphne mezereum

Linnaeus

Sp. Pl. 1: 356. 1753

Common names: Mezereon paradise-plant
IllustratedIntroduced
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 6. Treatment on page 385.
Shrubs to 1 m; branches glabrescent. Leaves deciduous, sessile; blade oblong to lanceolate, 3–8 × 1–2.5 cm, membranous, adaxial surface matte. Inflorescences 2–4-flowered. Flowers fragrant, sessile, appearing before leaves, clustered in axils of previous year’s growth; hypanthium pink, red, or white, tubular, 5–8 mm, sericeous; calyx lobes ovate or obtuse to rounded, 3–5 mm. Drupes red or yellow. 2n = 18.

Phenology: Flowering summer (Jun–Aug).
Habitat: Cool, damp woods, especially on limestone
Elevation: 0–300 m

Distribution

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B.C., N.B., N.S., Ont., P.E.I., Que., Alaska, Conn., Maine, Mass., Mich., Mont., N.H., N.Y., Ohio, R.I., Vt., Europe, w, c Asia.

Discussion

Daphne mezereum was used in the herbal pharmacopoeia as a purgative. It contains daphnin and is highly poisonous.

Selected References

None.

Lower Taxa

None.

Facts about "Daphne mezereum"
AuthorLorin I. Nevling Jr. + and Kerry Barringer +
AuthorityLinnaeus +
Common nameMezereon + and paradise-plant +
DistributionB.C. +, N.B. +, N.S. +, Ont. +, P.E.I. +, Que. +, Alaska +, Conn. +, Maine +, Mass. +, Mich. +, Mont. +, N.H. +, N.Y. +, Ohio +, R.I. +, Vt. +, Europe +, w + and c Asia. +
Elevation0–300 m +
HabitatCool, damp woods, especially on limestone +
IllustrationPresent +
Illustration copyrightFlora of North America Association +
IllustratorLinny Heagy +
Introducedtrue +
PhenologyFlowering summer (Jun–Aug). +
Publication titleSp. Pl. +
Publication year1753 +
ReferenceNone +
Source xmlhttps://jpend@bitbucket.org/aafc-mbb/fna-data-curation.git/src/f50eec43f223ca0e34566be0b046453a0960e173/coarse grained fna xml/V6/V6 711.xml +
Special statusIllustrated + and Introduced +
Taxon familyThymelaeaceae +
Taxon nameDaphne mezereum +
Taxon parentDaphne +
Taxon rankspecies +
VolumeVolume 6 +