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Paradise Plant - Daphne mezereum
Other Names:  February Daphne, Spurge Laurel, Mezereon, Spurge Olive

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 1

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General Description
Deciduous shrub. Stems erect, gray-brown, 50–100 cm. Herbage glabrous. Leaves alternate, simple, entire, oblanceolate, 4–8 cm long. Inflorescence of sessile, few-flowered clusters just below new stem growth. Flowers perfect, regular, perigynous; hypanthium tubular, 7–9 mm long, hirsute; sepals 4, purple, 5–7 mm long; petals absent; stamens 8; style 1. Fruit a 1-seeded, red, ovoid drupe, 7–8 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
Introduced as an ornamental and escaped mainly in eastern North America; native to Eurasia. Collected in Missoula County (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 2

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