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Daphne bholua

Kingdom:Plantae
Division:Angiosperms
Class:Monocots
Order:Malvales
Family:Thymelaeaceae
Genus:Daphne
Species:D. bholua
Binomial name: Daphne bholua

  This plant is poisonous
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Daphne bholua is a flowering shrub in the genus Daphne. It naturally grows at altitudes of 1700–3500 m in the Himalayas and neighbouring mountain ranges, from Nepal to southern China. At lower altitudes it is found as an evergreen in thickets and forest margins; at higher altitudes, it is deciduous and is usually found in pastures and grassy glades. It usually reaches a height of about 2.5 m, though some specimens reach 4 m or more. Daphne bholua produces white flowers which are tucked into the foliage and the have a powerful fragrance.

All parts of the plant are poisonous. Skin contact with the sap can cause dermatitis in some people.