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Daphne (Daphne arbuscula)


“Pet poisonous” – Toxic parts: bark, berries, leaves Daphne arbuscula is a species of flowering plant in the family Thymelaeaceaecae, native only to the Slovakia. It is endemic species of Muránska planina National Park. It grows on sunny rocky slopes and rock terraces, mostly on sites with a south or southwest exposure, on the limestone bedrock, at an altitude of 800–1300 m. It is a dwarf evergreen shrub growing to 15 cm (5.9 in) tall, with narrow dark green leaves and highly fragrant pink flowers in dense clusters in spring. The species is endangered and it is protected by law in Slovakia and also by European law and the Berne Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats. This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit (confirmed 2017).

Taxonomic tree

  • Domain: Eukarya

    • Kingdom: Plantae

      • Phylum:

        • Class: Magnoliopsida

          • Order: Malvales

            • Family: Thymelaeaceae

              • Genus: Daphne