Laurel family (Thymelaeaceae)
Shrub of heights 0.3 – 1.5(2) m. Leaves arranged helically, concentrated in upper part of stem, 8-12 cm long, lanceolate, entire, matte, with grey-green underside. Quatripartite flowers pink, scented and nectar-rich. Drupes scarlet-red, spherical, ripening early (Jun.-Jul.). Flowers (Jan.)Feb.-Apr.(May), before leaves develop.
Grows on mesic or moist eutrophic soils, in nutrient-rich mesic broadleaved forest, as well as mixed/coniferous and riparian forest. HIGHLY POISIONOUS fruits, 1-3 will kill a child. Under Partial Protection.
Descriptions devised by the team at the Independent Department of Forest Botany, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, i.e. L. Witkowska-Żuk, K. Marciszewska, W. Ciurzycki, A. Obidziński and P. Zaniewski.