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A picture of a Ruscus

Ruscus

Ruscus spp.

Ruscus hypophyllum (laurha) 001 by laurha (CC BY 2.0)

Flowering

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Ruscus aculeatus
Ruscus hypoglossum
Ruscus hypoglossum L. - Veprina

Overview

Ruscus is a small genus with around 6 species of rhizomatous, flowering evergreen subshrubs in the Asparagaceae family is native to parts of Europe, Africa and Asia. Members of this genus have flattened photosynthetic stems resembling leaves and known as cladophylls. They also produce small flowers on these leaf-like structures, followed by glossy red berries. They are often cultivated for their unusual stems that can be dried and used in flower arranging.