Hypericum aegypticum L.

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'Hypericum aegypticum' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/hypericum/hypericum-aegypticum/). Accessed 2019-12-12.

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endemic
(of a plant or an animal) Found in a native state only within a defined region or country.
ovate
Egg-shaped; broadest towards the stem.
section
(sect.) Subdivision of a genus.

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

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'Hypericum aegypticum' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/hypericum/hypericum-aegypticum/). Accessed 2019-12-12.

A dwarf, evergreen shrub 1 ft or more high, with round stems. Leaves crowded, ovate or obovate, pointed, 18 to 13 in. long, greyish green. Flowers solitary at the end of short twigs, pale golden yellow; petals erect rather than spreading, 14 in. long; sepals oblong, erect, half as long as the petals. Stamens in three bundles, united for about half their length, alternating with three fleshy staminodes. Bot. Mag., t. 6481.

Native of the Mediterranean coasts and islands, but not of Egypt; said to have been introduced in 1787, but now rarely seen. The reason of this, no doubt, is its tenderness; it can only be grown permanently cither in our mildest districts or with winter protection. This is unfortunate, for it is one of the daintiest and prettiest of its genus. It flowers in August.

From the Supplement (Vol. V)

This species, a member of the section Adenotrias, is a native of North Africa, and of the Mediterranean (mostly on islands) from Sardinia to Crete. Of the other two species in this section, H. aciferum is an endemic of Crete and H. russegeri a native of southern Anatolia and adjoining Syria (Robson, op. cit. (1981), p. 198).


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