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Family: RUSCACEAE* 

 Ruscus streptophyllus
 
 
Author:   Peter Frederick Yeo, 1966
Family:  Ruscaceae*
Origin:  Madeira
Soil:  Peat
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  3-4 centimetres
Height:  40 centimetres
Flower:  White/Blue
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  -

   This member of the Ruscaceae family was described by Peter Frederick Yeo in 1966. It is found on Madeira, growing in peat with some water and some sun. It will grow up to 40 centimetres, the flowers are white and blue, and the ear-ring-like fruits are red.

The genera name is from its old Latin name. The species name means 'twisted-leaved'. Bit strange, considering it has none....

The bizarre "leaves" with the flowers in the middle are actually not leaves at all, but flattened branches known as phylloclades or cladodes.

')Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Ruscaceae is now part of the Asparagaceae.