Alder-leaved Buckthorn Rhamnus alnifolia is a low-growing shrub that
likes sphagnum bogs and other such wet swampy areas. It has simple leaves
of a pointed oval shape that have toothed margins and are arranged
alternately. The specific name "alnifolia" refers to the similarity of the
leaf to the Alder leaf as Alder is of the genus Alnus and "folium" is the
Latin word for "leaf". Individual plants are either male or female and the
yellowish-green flowers grow in small clusters. The fruits are dark purple
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