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Moldo-german project 10.820.09.09GA
ЂEvaluation of the pharmaceutic potential
of medicinal plants from natural habitats from Republic of Moldova


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Syringa vulgaris

KINGDOM: Plantae » Class: Magnoliopsida » Order: Lamiales » Family:Oleaceae

Syringa vulgaris
It is a large deciduous shrub or
multi-stemmed small tree, growing to 6Ц7 m high, producing secondary shoots
("suckers") with stem diameters of up to 20 cm from the base or
roots, which in the course of decades may produce a small clonal thicket. The
bark is grey to grey-brown, smooth on young stems, longitudinally furrowed
and flaking on older stems. The leaves are simple, 4Ц12 cm long and 3Ц8 cm
broad, light green to glaucous, oval to cordate, with pinnate leaf venation,
a mucronate apex and an entire margin. They are arranged in opposite pairs or
occasionally in whorls of three. The flowers have a tubular base to the
corolla 6Ц10 mm long with an open four-lobed apex 5Ц8 mm across, usually
lilac to mauve, occasionally white. They are arranged in a dense, terminal
panicle 8-18 cm long. The fruit is a dry, smooth brown capsule, 1Ц2 cm long,
splitting in two to release the two winged seeds.

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