Taxonomy

Rhamnus cathartica | Buckthorn | Paide bréan

Distribution

Status

Native status

Native

Species Biology

Identification

Flowers: May – June; clusters of small green flowers

Fruits: Black berries when ripe

Twigs & bark: Twigs spiny, grey-brown; bark shiny grey/ reddish brown, smooth

Habitat

Hedgerows, scrub and damp ash woodland, strictly on calcareous soils

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Irish distribution

Occasional in west and centre, very rare elsewhere

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021

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Further information

Seeds and leaves considered poisonous to animals and humans

 

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