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Common name

English: Butcher

German: Stechender Mäusedorn

Portuguese: Erva-dos-vasculhos, Gilbarbeira, Pica-rato


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Liliopsida (392)

      Order: Liliales (106)

        Family: Ruscaceae (3)(family description)

          Genus: Ruscus (2)

            Epithet: aculeatus L. (1)

Synonyms: Oxymyrsine pungens Bubani, Ruscus flexuosus Mill., Ruscus laxus Sm., Ruscus parasiticus Gueldenst., Ruscus ponticus Woronow

aculeatus => with thorns, prickly and pointed

flexuosus => bent alternately to right and left, like the path of a snake

laxus => loose, slack, relaxed

parasiticus => parasitic, living at another’s expense

ponticus => from Pontus, is a historical designation for the region on the southern coast of the Black Sea, located in modern-day Turkey

pungens => piercing, as the points of the holly-leaf


Climate: temperate

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: shrub

Flower colour: purple

External links

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