- Flower nameWax privet
- Scientific nameLigustrum obtusifolium
- Alias疣取木, Ligustrum obtusifolium, Ibota
- Place of originJapan and Taiwan
- Place of floweringFields and footpaths, Low mountains
- Flowering seasonMay, June
What is Wax privet
Wax privet, Ligustrum obtusifolium, or Ibotanoki (scientific name:Ligustrum obtusifolium) is a deciduous shrub in the
familly Oleaceae, native to Japan and Taiwan. The elliptical leaves are regularly attached in pairs, giving the appearance of feathery double leaves. In early summer, a number of small white tubular flowers bloom in an inflorescence that extends from the tip of the flower stem. It produces small, dark purple, oval-shaped fruits in the fall.
The secretions of the ringworm, a parasite on the bark of a tree, become warty wax, which is used to make the wood's bark shiny and to improve its sliding properties.
The genus includes Wax-leaf privet, (scientific name: Ligustrum japonicum) and Chinese privet,(scientific name: Ligustrum lucidum).
Common name: Wax privet, scientific name: Ligustrum obtusifolium, also known as Ibota privet,Ligustrum obtusifolium,
Place of Origin: Japan, Taiwan; Distribution: Hokkaido - Kyushu; Environment: Bright forest edge of mountain and field; Type of Life: Deciduous shrub; Tree height: 2-4 m; Petiole: alternate growth; Leaf colour: green; Petiole: full margin; Leaf height: 3-5 cm; Leaf shape: oval; Inflorescence: general inflorescence; Crown: tubular flower with four lobes at the tip; Flowering period: May - June; Flower colour: white; Flower diameter: 0.5 cm; Fruit type: nucleus (drupe); Fruit diameter: 0.7 cm; Fruit stage: October; Fruit shape: oval; Fruit colour: dark purple; Remarks: Warty wax is the secretion of the warty beetle on the bark; Uses: Apparatus material, toothpicks, base wood, charcoal.