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Thursday 26 January 2017


Duranta erecta is a species of flowering shrub in the verbena family Verbenaceae, native from Mexico to South America and the Caribbean. It is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant in tropical and subtropical gardens throughout the world, and has become naturalised in many places. It is considered an invasive species in Australia, China, South Africa and on several Pacific Islands. The genus name is in honour of Castore Durante, a fifteenth-century Italian botanist. The specific epithet erecta means "upright" in Latin. The plant is also known as D. repens, from the Latin for "creeping". The latter name was originally used to identify smaller-leaved varieties of the species.

Common names include golden dewdrop, pigeon berry, and skyflower. In Mexico, the native Nahuatl name for the plant is xcambocoché. In Tonga it is known as mavaetangi (tears of departure). Duranta is registered as an invasive weed by many councils of Australia. It is a prolific, fast growing weed that is spread by birds from domestic areas to natural reserves. It was introduced and marketed as a hedge plant some years ago. Many people now fight to keep this thorny pest under control. It is highly ranked in the most invasive weeds in Australia.

Duranta erecta is a sprawling shrub or (infrequently) a small tree. It can grow to 6 m tall and can spread to an equal width. Mature specimens possess axillary thorns, which are often absent on younger specimens. The leaves are light green, elliptic to ovate, opposite, and grow up to 7.5 cm long and 3.5 cm broad, with a 1.5 cm petiole. The flowers are light-blue or lavender, produced in tight clusters located on terminal and axillary stems, blooming almost all year long. The fruit is a small globose yellow or orange berry, up to 11 mm diameter and containing several seeds. The leaves and berries of the plant are toxic, and are confirmed to have killed children, dogs and cats. However, songbirds eat the fruit without ill effects.

The cultivar illustrated is the hybrid "China Girl".

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  1. This is a lovely flower. I believe I may have seen it in the Caribbean. Thanks for hosting Nick!

  2. I love this duranta as it flowers all year round and much preferred by our butterflies.

  3. Good morning,
    what a beautiful flower ! Again one that I didn't know before.

    Have a nice weekend !

    Greetings from Birgit

  4. Hello Nick,
    thanks for this wonderful weekend - flowers ♥
    Have a nice day

  5. Lovely flowers, never seen before. We have other varieties from the Verbena family! Groetjes,

  6. Wonderful flower, I like the color ;-)))
    Greetings from Germany

  7. Nick, what a delicate flower. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Never seen this, but beautiful. A shame it's invasive. Beautifully photographed!

  9. What a shame something so pretty is a pest! Thanks for hosting.

  10. Such a pretty blossom, but invasive like a virus - it's a shame.
    Have a nice weekend. Greetings, Nicole