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Daphne collina

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Dickson ex J. E. Smith. Rounded to dome-shaped, eventually wider than high, usually 30-40cm tall but sometimes more. Leaves evergreen, obovate, 2-4cm in length, lustrous above, silky downy beneath, leathery. Flowers deep purple-rose, fragrant, 8mm long and wide, in terminal clusters of five to fifteen, late spring to early summer. Fruits fleshy, orange-red. Southern Italy in the Naples area, on rocky slopes and in maquis from sea level to 1500m. Sometimes confused with D. sericea, q.v.