Fontanesia

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Fontanesia' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/fontanesia/). Accessed 2020-08-13.

Family

  • Oleaceae

Glossary

capsule
Dry dehiscent fruit; formed from syncarpous ovary.
simple
(of a leaf) Unlobed or undivided.

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Fontanesia' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/fontanesia/). Accessed 2020-08-13.

A genus named in honour of R. L. Desfontaines, 1750-1833, director for many years of the Botanic Garden of the Paris Museum and author of Flora A.tlantica (1798-9), one of the earliest accounts of the flora of N. Africa. It is composed of two deciduous shrubs, or as some authorities hold, but one, closely allied to the ashes, but with simple, opposite leaves. Flowers numerous, small and greenish; petals four; stamens two. Fruit a thin, flat capsule whose two cells are surrounded by a wing. These shrubs have about the same value in gardens as the privet, being easily cultivated in any soil of moderate quality, and readily propagated by late summer cuttings.

From the Supplement (Vol.V)

F. phillyreoides also occurs in south-east Sicily, but is rare there.

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