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Tree Campus: Viburnum tinus

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Viburnum tinus

Viburnum tinus (ADOXACEAE)






"In the Montpellier region, the fruits are consumed by a large array of bird dispersers. At the study site, they are primarily con- sumed by two bird species, the European robin (Erithacus rubecula) and the blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla), and to a lesser extent by the Sardinian warbler (Sylvia mela- nocephala), the song thrush (Turdus philomelos) and the black redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros)... the drupes of V. tinus in the study site represent the preferred fruit of the European robin.

"[Scientists have] observed a significant difference in the percentage of fruit removed among individual plants, even though these individuals had the same initial number of fruit, the same height and the same shape... [and they] suggest that, as is the case for the whole individual plant, it is the vegetation structure which determines preferred routes for the birds and thereby guides them to particular areas of the canopy." [2]


Equity: Cultural and Historical Significance

"Viburnum species are commonly used in folk medicine for their diuretic, antispasmodic and sedative properties, mainly as uterine excitability." [1]



"The dry powder of V. tinus leaves was reported as an effective molluscicidal agent." [1]



[1] Mohamed, M. A., Marzouk, M. S., Moharram, F. A., El-Sayed, M. M., & Baiuomy, A. R. (2005). Phytochemical constituents and hepatoprotective activity of Viburnum tinus. Phytochemistry66(23), 2780-2786.

[2] Thebaud, C., & Debussche, M. (1992). A field test of the effects of infructescence size on fruit removal by birds in Viburnum tinus. Oikos, 391-394.

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