Daphne tangutica

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Daphne tangutica
Daphne tangutica 'Tangut Daphne' (Thymelaeceae) flower.jpg
D. tangutica flowers (Cambridge University Botanic Garden)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Thymelaeaceae
Genus: Daphne
Species: D. tangutica

Daphne tangutica syn. D. retusa is a species of flowering plant in the family Thymelaeaceae, native to Tibet, China, and possibly Taiwan. It is an evergreen shrub growing to 1 m (3 ft 3 in) tall and wide, with leathery leaves and clusters of fragrant white and pink flowers in spring. The flowers are often followed by red berries.[1]

The Latin specific epithet tangutica derives from an historical tribe of what is now north western China, but has been a synonym for Tibet, part of the plant's native range.[2]

This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[3]


  1. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  2. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315. 
  3. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Daphne tangutica". Retrieved 14 June 2013.