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- Daphniphyllum macropodum
Common name: Yuzuri-ha
Daphniphyllum macropodum is a shrub found on the Rhododendron Walk. It is named for its evergreen, daphne-like leaves (phyllum means 'leaf') arranged in whorls. Each leaf has a stout pink stalk (the Greek makros means 'large' and podos means 'stalk). The species is dioecious, which means male and female flowers are borne on separate plants and only female plants bear fruit. Introduced in 1879 by Charles Maries, this relict species, with fossil pollen dating it to the middle Miocene in Austria, is now restricted to East Asia.
Leaves photo A. Barra, via Wikimedia Commons
Flower photo Peter Coxhead, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons