Sunday, July 24, 2016
Botany picture #231: Daphne
Daphne (Thymelaeaceae), perhaps D. mezereum, as seen at Cockington Green in Canberra the previous weekend. I have always liked the genus because it flowers so early in the season and has such an amazing, strong floral scent. Unfortunately both the branches and the fruits of these species are rather poisonous, so they are not ideal for a garden frequented by small children.
The genus is not native to Australia, which has the large genus Pimelea instead.