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Ruscus aculeatus

Ruscus_aculeatus (Wikipedia)

Butcher's-broom
Illustration Ruscus aculeatus0.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom:Plantae
Clade:Tracheophytes
Clade:Angiosperms
Clade:Monocots
Order:Asparagales
Family:Asparagaceae
Subfamily:Nolinoideae
Genus:Ruscus
Species:
R. aculeatus
Binomial name
Ruscus aculeatus
Synonyms
  • Oxymyrsine pungens Bubani
  • Ruscus flexuosus Mill.
  • Ruscus laxus Sm.
  • Ruscus parasiticus Gueldenst.
  • Ruscus ponticus Woronow

Ruscus aculeatus, known as butcher's-broom, is a low evergreen Eurasian shrub, with flat shoots known as cladodes that give the appearance of stiff, spine-tipped leaves. Small greenish flowers appear in spring, and are borne singly in the centre of the cladodes. The female flowers are followed by a red berry, and the seeds are bird-distributed, but the plant also spreads vegetatively by means of rhizomes. It is native to Eurasia and some northern parts of Africa. Ruscus aculeatus occurs in woodlands and hedgerows, where it is tolerant of deep shade, and also on coastal cliffs. Likely due to its attractive winter/spring color, Ruscus aculeatus has become a fairly common landscape plant. It is also widely planted in gardens, and has spread as a garden escapee in many areas outside its native range. The plant grows well in zones 7 to 9 on the USDA hardiness zone map.

The Latin specific epithet aculateus means “prickly”.

Plant growth habit
Butcher's Broom (Wiktionary)

English

Etymology

Formerly used by butchers for brooms to sweep their blocks.

Noun

butcher's broom

  1. Any plant of the genus Ruscus, especially Ruscus aculeatus.

Translations

Synonyms

  • knee holly, knee holm
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