Privet (Ligustrm)

PRIVET
(Ligustrm)
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Common-Privet-HedgerowPrivet Bush

A privet is a erect, flowering deciduous or evergreen shrubs, sometimes forming small or medium-sized trees up to 9m tall in the genus Ligustrum. Privet is a shade-tolerant, evergreen, and a member of the Olive Family with a grey bark wand reddish stems. The leaves are oblong, leathery, pointed and opposite. Its fruit range from purple to black in color and grows in spiral clusters.  Considered a weed, due to its flowers, it is often used as an ornamental plant. The small white flowers are unpleasantly pungent, they four petals that curl back and two high stamens with yellow or red anthers, between which is the low pistil.
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Privet can commonly be found wherever there is disturbed soil, from  fire or mechanical machinery, such as along fencerows, old fields, ditches, and forest margins. 

Common-Privet-BerriesLigustrum Berries

Distribution:
Found throughout the southeastern United States in riparian forests Privet grows particularly well.

Conditions of Poisoning:
Ingestion

Toxic Principle:
Terpenoid glycosides in the leaves and berries.

Clinical Symptoms:
Gastrointestinal upset (most common), incoordination, increased heart rate, in rare cases death can occur.

IMMEDIATELY SEE YOUR VET FOR TREATMENT OPTIONS
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