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Ligustrum ovalifolium
CALIFORNIA PRIVET

Higher Taxonomy
Family: OleaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: OLIVE FAMILY
Habit: Perennial herb to tree [vine], hairs 0 or peltate or not; rarely dioecious. Leaf: simple to odd-pinnately compound, alternate or generally opposite, deciduous or evergreen; stipules 0. Inflorescence: various; flowers >= 1. Flower: generally bisexual, generally radial; calyx generally minute (0), tube cup-shaped, lobes 4--15; petals (0)4--6(8), generally fused; nectar disk often present; stamens (0)2(4--5), epipetalous; pistil 1, ovary superior, chambers 2, each 2--4 ovuled, placenta axile, style 1, stigma generally 2-lobed. Fruit: drupe, capsule, or winged achene. Seed: 1 per chamber.
Genera In Family: +- 25 genera, 900 species: +- worldwide; some cultivated for ornamental (Forsythia; Jasminum, jasmine; Ligustrum, privet; Syringa, lilac) or food (Olea, olive).
eFlora Treatment Author: Family description, key to genera by Thomas J. Rosatti; treatment of genera by James Henrickson, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: LigustrumView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: PRIVET
Habit: Shrub, small tree, generally evergreen [deciduous], generally glabrous [hairy]. Leaf: simple, opposite, blade >> petiole, entire, thick. Inflorescence: terminal panicle, axes +- puberulent or not. Flower: bisexual; calyx minute, bell-shaped, 4-toothed, deciduous; corolla funnel-shaped or salverform, 4-lobed, white; stamens 2. Fruit: generally berry-like drupe, +- 8--10 mm wide, generally purple-black. Seed: 1--4.
Species In Genus: +- 45 species: eastern Asia, Malaysia to Australia, Europe, northern Africa; many cultivated for ornamental leaves. Etymology: (Classical name of Ligustrum vulgare L.)
eFlora Treatment Author: Thomas J. Rosatti

Ligustrum ovalifolium Hassk.
NATURALIZED
Habit: Shrub, < 4 m, +- evergreen. Leaf: 4--10 cm, petiole 3--10 mm; blade base, tip acute to obtuse. Inflorescence: 5--10 cm. Flower: corolla tube 2--3 × (+- >) lobes; anthers 2--4 mm, tip +- acute; style not exserted from tube. Chromosomes: 2n=46.
Ecology: Alder woodland, thickets, disturbed areas; Elevation: < 300 m. Bioregional Distribution: NCo, ScV, CCo; Distribution Outside California: native to Japan. Flowering Time: Jul--Aug
eFlora Treatment Author: Thomas J. Rosatti
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Citation for this treatment: Thomas J. Rosatti 2016. Ligustrum ovalifolium, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=30908, accessed on February 10, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on February 10, 2016.


Ligustrum ovalifolium
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Ligustrum ovalifolium
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© 2015 Neal Kramer
Ligustrum ovalifolium
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© 2015 Neal Kramer
Ligustrum ovalifolium
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© 2015 Neal Kramer

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Geographic subdivisions for Ligustrum ovalifolium:
NCo, ScV, CCo;
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