Rhaphithamnus spinosus (A. L. Juss.) Moldenke

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

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'Rhaphithamnus spinosus' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/rhaphithamnus/rhaphithamnus-spinosus/). Accessed 2022-06-29.

Synonyms

  • Volkameria spinosa A. L. Juss.
  • R. cyanocarpus (Hook. & Arn.) Miers
  • Citharexylon cyanocarpum Hook. & Arn.

Other taxa in genus

    Glossary

    corolla
    The inner whorl of the perianth. Composed of free or united petals often showy.
    axillary
    Situated in an axil.
    calyx
    (pl. calyces) Outer whorl of the perianth. Composed of several sepals.
    corolla
    The inner whorl of the perianth. Composed of free or united petals often showy.
    glabrous
    Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
    globose
    globularSpherical or globe-shaped.
    included
    (botanical) Contained within another part or organ.
    midrib
    midveinCentral and principal vein in a leaf.
    ovate
    Egg-shaped; broadest towards the stem.

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    Credits

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

    Recommended citation
    'Rhaphithamnus spinosus' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/rhaphithamnus/rhaphithamnus-spinosus/). Accessed 2022-06-29.

    An evergreen shrub or small tree, ultimately 20 or 25 ft high, with a dense growth and very leafy branches; young shoots covered with erect, bristly down and armed with axillary spines, which on the year-old branches become 12 to 1 in. long, slender and needle-like. Leaves opposite, often in threes, set about 14 in. apart, 14 to 34 in. long, 1 to 12 in. wide, broadly ovate, pointed, rounded at the base, dark green and glabrous above, pale beneath, with at first minute bristles especially on the midrib, also on the very short stalk. Flowers pale blue, produced in April singly or in pairs in the leaf-axils of the previous summer’s growth, each on a very short, bristly stalk. Corolla slender, tubular, 12 in. long; calyx bell-shaped, 112 in. long, toothed; stamens four, included within the corolla. Fruits 13 to 12 in. across, globose, bright blue.

    Native of Chile and Argentina; introduced by W. Lobb about 1843. It is only hardy at Kew against a wall, and one must go to Ireland or the south-west to see it at its best. Its blue fruits are even more ornamental than its flowers.