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Ovidia is a genus of some four species closely akin to Daphne, both having four-parted flowers with eight stamens and very supple young shoots. Daphne differs from Ovidia in its cylindrical perianth and in its style being very short or even absent. Neither of the species described here has any value as a garden plant.
In naming the genus after the poet Ovid, Meissner had in mind the famous passage in which he describes the metamorphosis of Daphne into a laurel.