Danae Medik.

Danae is a monotypic genus native to Turkey, Syria and the Caspian Sea area (Mabberley 2008). Its only species, Danae racemosa, is cultivated as an ornamental shrub. Its attractive foliage is also used for decorative purposes (Alexandrian laurel).


Arber A. (1924) Danae, Ruscus and Semele: a morphological study. Annals of Botany 38: 229-260.

Chase M.W., Reveal J.L. & Fay M.F. (2009) A subfamilial classification for the expanded asparagalean families Amaryllidaceae, Asparagaceae and Xanthorrhoeaceae. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 161(2): 132-136.

Kapinos G.E. & Guseinova S.O. (1972) Cytoembryological study of ancient and rare species of Danae Medik. and Ruscus L. (Liliaceae family). In: Azer: Akad. Nauk Azer. SSR: Inst. Bot. Tsitoembriol. Issled. Rast. Flory Azerbaidzhana: 4-49

Kiermeier P. (1975) Immergrüne, Scheinblätter ausbildende Liliaceen. Rhododendron Immergrüne Laubgehölze Jahrb. 1975: 15-18.

Kim J.-H., Kim D.-K., Forest F., Fay M.F. & Chase M.W. (2010) Molecular phylogenetics of Ruscaceae sensu lato and related families (Asparagales) based on plastid and nuclear DNA sequences. Amer. J. Bot. 106(5): 775-790. [available online at: http://aob.oxfordjournals.org/content/106/5/775.full]

Mabberley D.J. (2008) Mabberley’s plant-book (3th ed.). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: XVIII + 1021 p.

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith