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Rhamnus cathartica

Submitted by Linda Rohleder on Thu, 02/26/2015 - 14:56


Terrestrial Plant
Species (Common): 
Common buckthorn

Rhamnus cathartica: common buckthorn

Plant Identification:

  • Growth form: deciduous small tree or coarse shrub growing from 2-6 m tall
  • Leaf: opposite, dark green, ellliptical, and 3.6 - 7.2 cm long, and can be acute or obtues
  • Bark: brown-grey in color with scattered short, horizontal, light colored lines
  • Flowers: clusters of 2-8 small, inconspicuous, yellow-green flowers with 4-5 petals, borne on short stalks
  • Fruit: clusters of round, shiny, black, berry-ike fruits on each stalk

*This plant is commonly confused with glossy buckthorn

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