Alder buckthorn fine-leaved

Authors: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer, Prof. Dr. med. Martina Bacharach-Buhles

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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Synonym(s)

Frangula alnus; Rhamnus frangula

Definition
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The fine-leaved alder buckthorn, also known as Frangula alnus 'Asplenifolia' or Rhamnus frangula, is an upright shrub that grows all year round and can reach a height of up to 2 metres. Its distribution area is Europe, the Mediterranean region and the Near East. S.a. American decaying tree, Rhamnus purshianus.

General information
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The fine-leaved alder buckthorn has a smooth bark with cork nipples and belongs to the deciduous-leaf-bearing plants. The leaves of the shrub are narrow and elongated-elliptical in shape and are light to dark green in colour. The rather inconspicuous green and white flowers bloom in May and June; the fruits of the decaying tree are black berries.


Note(s)
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Frangula alnus is the parent plant of Frangulae cortex, the medically used bark of the decaying tree, also known as yellowwood bark, monographed in Ph.Eur.2.

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Alder buckthorn american;