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Frangula azorica

Frangula azorica

Family: Rhamnaceae

Flowering: April | June

Origin: Azores

Protection Status: Protected by the Habitats Directive and the Berne Convention; considered threat of "low risk" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Scrub or small tree that gives a red fruit. The leaves have sharp lateral veins. It usually grows in areas between 500 and 700 metres altitude. It is a characteristic species of Laurel Forest. This species owes its name (“Sanguinho” which is very similar to the Portuguese word for blood “Sangue”) to the colour of the blood of colourants that were extracted from its shell, and the pink colour of its wood.

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