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Viburnum lantana

Viburnum lantana

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Campanulids
Ordo: Dipsacales

Familia: Adoxaceae
Genus: Viburnum
Sectio: V. sect. Viburnum
Species: Viburnum lantana

Viburnum lantana L. (1753)

Tinus lantana (L.) Bubani, Fl. Pyren. 2: 330. 1899.
Viburnum tomentosum Lam., Fl. Franç. 3: 363. 1779, nom. illeg.

Viburnum aragonense Pau, Not. Bot. Fl. Españ. 1: 16. 1887.
Viburnum farinosum Stokes, Bot. Mat. Med. 2: 168. 1812.
Viburnum lentum St.-Lag., Ann. Soc. Bot. Lyon 7: 136. 1880.
Viburnum pallidum Salisb., Prodr. Stirp. Chap. Allerton, 172. 1796.
Viburnum maculatum Pant., Oesterr. Bot. Z. 23: 266. 1873.


Viburnum lantana Wall. ex D. Don = Viburnum nervosum D. Don

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Europe
Albania, Austria, Belgium, England, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, France, Germany, Greece, Switzerland, Spain, Hungary, Italy, former Yugoslavia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Romania, Ukraine, Crimea
Continental: Africa
Algeria, Morocco
Continental: Asie
Northern Caucasus, Armenia, Georgia [Caucasus]

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition

Linnaeus, C. 1753. Species Plantarum 1: 268.
Castroviejo, S. et al. (eds.) 2014. Viburnum lantana in Flora Ibérica. Plantas vasculares de la Península Ibérica, e Islas Baleares. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2014 Dec 08. Reference page. }
Tela Botanica (ed.) 2000 onwards: Tela Botanica. Le réseau de la botanique francophone. eFlore. Viburnum lantana. Association Tela Botanica, Montpellier, France. Accessed: 2014 Dec 08. }
The Plant List 2010. Version 1. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2014 Dec 08.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Viburnum lantana in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service.

Vernacular names
aragonés: Vetelaina
العربية: رباطية صوفية
azərbaycanca: Lantana başınağacı
български: Черна калина
català: Tortellatge
čeština: Kalina tušalaj
Cymraeg: Gwifwrnwydden
dansk: Pibe-Kvalkved
Deutsch: Wolliger Schneeball
English: Wayfaring-tree
Esperanto: Lentano-viburno
español: Barbadejo
euskara: Marmaratilla
فارسی: هفت‌کول
suomi: Villaheisi
français: Viorne lantane
Gàidhlig: craobh-fhiadhain
hornjoserbsce: Wołmjana kaledźina
magyar: Ostorménfa, ostorménbangita
հայերեն: Գերիմաստի
ქართული: უზანი
қазақша: Беті қышық
kernowek: Gwinwydh
македонски: Црна удика
Nederlands: Wollige Sneeuwbal
norsk: Filtkrossved
Ирон: Нымæткъуы
polski: Kalina hordowina
русский: Калина гордовина
slovenčina: Kalina siripútková
svenska: Parkolvon
Türkçe: Tüylü kartopu
українська: Калина гордовина

Viburnum lantana, the wayfarer or wayfaring tree, is a species of Viburnum, native to central, southern and western Europe (north to Yorkshire in England), northwest Africa, and southwestern Asia.[2][3][4] The vigorous deciduous European treelike shrub is common along waysides.


It is a deciduous shrub or small tree growing to 4–5 m (13–16 ft) tall. The leaves are opposite, simple oval to lanceolate, 6–13 cm (2.4–5.1 in) Long and 4–9 cm (1.6–3.5 in) broad, with a finely serrated margin; they are densely downy on the underside, less so on the upper surface. The hermaphrodite flowers are small, around 5 mm (0.20 in), and creamy-white, produced in dense cymes 4–10 cm (1.6–3.9 in) width at the top of the stems; they are produced in early summer, and pollinated by insects. The fruit is an oblong drupe 8 mm (0.31 in) long, green at first, turning red, then finally black at full maturity, and contains a single seed. The seeds are dispersed when birds eat the fruit, then deposit the seeds in another location in their droppings.[3][4]

An older name for the plant is hoarwithy. "Hoar" means grey-haired and refers to the hairs under the leaves, and "withy" means a pliant stem.[5]
Showing simultaneous red, unripe and black ripe fruits
Cultivation and uses

It is commonly grown as an ornamental plant for its flowers and berries, growing best on alkaline soils. A number of cultivars have been selected, including 'Aureum', with yellow leaves in spring.[4]

The fruit is mildly toxic, and may cause vomiting or diarrhea if consumed in large quantities.[6]

"Viburnum lantana L." Plants of the World Online. Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 2017. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
Flora Europaea: Viburnum lantana
Blamey, M. & Grey-Wilson, C. (1989). Flora of Britain and Northern Europe. ISBN 0-340-40170-2
Huxley, A., ed. (1992). New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. Macmillan ISBN 0-333-47494-5.
Reader's Digest Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of Britain p.87.
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