Ovidia andina (Poepp. & Endl.) Meissn.

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

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'Ovidia andina' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/ovidia/ovidia-andina/). Accessed 2020-09-21.



  • Daphne andina Poepp. & Endl.


Other species in genus


    (pl. apices) Tip. apical At the apex.
    Lying flat against an object.
    (pl. calyces) Outer whorl of the perianth. Composed of several sepals.
    With only male or only hermaphrodite flowers on individual plants.
    Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
    Grey-blue often from superficial layer of wax (bloom).
    Inversely lanceolate; broadest towards apex.
    Calyx and corolla. Term used especially when petals and sepals are not easily distinguished from each other.
    (in a flower) The part of the carpel that receives pollen and on which it germinates. May be at the tip of a short or long style or may be reduced to a stigmatic surface at the apex of the ovary.
    Inflorescence in which pedicels all arise from same point on peduncle. May be flat-topped (as in e.g. Umbelliferae) to spherical (as in e.g. Araliaceae). umbellate In form of umbel.


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

    Recommended citation
    'Ovidia andina' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/ovidia/ovidia-andina/). Accessed 2020-09-21.

    A deciduous shrub, often of spare habit, up to 7 ft high; shoots downy when quite young. Leaves oblanceolate to narrowly elliptical or oval, bluntish or rounded at the apex, tapered to a stalkless base, 1 to 5 in. long, 12 to 1 in. wide, dull grey green and glabrous above, glaucous and furnished with appressed hairs beneath. Flowers produced in July along with and terminating the young shoots, crowded thirty or more together on a solitary umbel which is 1 to 112 in. wide, and has a stout, downy main-stalk 34 to 1 in. long. Each flower is about 14 in. wide, white to creamy white with red anthers, the calyx (perianth) funnel-shaped, downy, dividing at the mouth into four oval or obovate lobes. Fruits pure white, egg-shaped, 14 in. long, with the stigma persisting at the end. Individual flower-stalks very slender, 14 to 12 in. long.

    Native of Chile up to 5,000 ft altitude; introduced by H. F. Comber during his Andean expedition, 1925-7; it has also been collected by Clarence Elliott, who found it in flower in January 1928. It is a dioecious shrub. The female flowers are smaller than the males and shorter-stalked. Comber observes that he found it in semi-shady situations where the soil was moist and varying from peaty to loamy in character.

    O pillopillo (C. Gay) Meissn.

    Daphne pillopillo C. Gay

    This species was also introduced by Comber from Chile in 1927. It is closely related to O. andina, but is described as 10 to 30 ft high. It can be distinguished from that species by the glabrousness of its leaves, which are stalkless, oblanceolate, 1 to 3 in. long, {1/4} to {1/2} in. wide, dull, pale, rather glaucous green. Judging by wild specimens the young shoots are mostly very downy. Flowers white, very downy outside, {1/2} in. wide; fruit reddish and purple when ripe. “Pillo-pillo” is the Indian name for this shrub.


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