Taxon profile


Daphne pseudomezereum Gray.

kingdom Plantae - plants »  divisio Magnoliophyta - flowering plants »  class Rosopsida - eudicots »  order Malvales »  family Thymelaeaceae »  genus Daphne - daphne

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Shrub growing to about 1 m tall.


native to Japan

Interesting facts

Daphne pseudomezereum undergoes summer senescence under dense canopy shade. New leaves grow in late summer (since August) and stay green throughout the winter. Another leaves grow again in the spring at the time when other winter dormant species do. Both autumn and spring leaves are shed between July and September.
This leaf habit is commonly known as wintergreen. It is though this is mechanism of shade avoidance under dense canopy to maximise available received sunshine.


Lei, T. , Yamashita, N. , Watanabe, T. , Kawahara, T. and Miyaura, T. (2019), Why does Daphne pseudomezereum drop its leaves in the summer? An adaptive alternative to surviving forest shade. Physiol Plantarum. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1111/ppl.12972
Author: Tomas HLUSKA

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