Euonymus myrianthus

Today’s photograph and write-up are courtesy of Mathew Vis-Dunbar, another one of UBC Botanical Garden’s exemplary horticulturists. Mathew writes:

Photographed in the midst of a rare Vancouver snowstorm at VanDusen Botanical Garden, this plant provided some welcome colour at the end of December.

Found in its native habitat of western China in forests and woodlands below 1200 meters, Euonymous myrianthus is an evergreen shrub growing from 3 to 12 meters. It is reportedly quite variable in morphology and habitat. Clusters of greenish yellow flowers are produced from April to July, followed by the pictured fruits, generally into November.

Daniel adds: China is the centre of biodiversity for the genus Euonymus. Of the roughly 130 species worldwide, 90 species can be found in China — and of these, 50 are endemic (found nowhere else). The English common name often used for this species is evergreen spindle tree.

Botany resource link: I’m off at the end of next week to visit the Montréal Botanical Garden as part of a workshop to participate in a Canadian biodiversity data network. I’m really keen on visiting the Tropical Food Plants Greenhouse. Yes, I’ll be taking my camera!

Omphalotus olearius

16 responses to “Euonymus myrianthus”

  1. Jackie

    Nobody better give you grief, or I’m coming after them. I love finding emails from you in my mailbox and to heck with snarks.

  2. Mary Miller

    While in Montreal BG be sure to see the bonsai collection, it is impressive!

  3. van

    Montreal has a splendid botanic garden. The greenhouses are breathtaking. Can’t wait to see your pics – have fun 🙂

  4. Behty

    This is Beautiful!! Thank you Daniel 🙂

  5. kkubeck

    I see you found the accent key. well done.The orchid house, right next to the tropical food greenhouse, should have some spectacular sights and smells right about now. I spent many a cold winters days sniffing orchids there. Enjoy the Jardin Botanique.

  6. annie morgan

    Lovely flower, beautiful composition.

  7. Beverley

    Euonymus myrianthus – Z9 – RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths
    Euonymus myrianthus – Z7-9 – A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, Brickell, Cole, Zuk
    Euonymus – u-o-ne-mus; said to be named after Euonyme, the mother of the Furies in Greek mythology, or from Gr. euonymos, of good fame or lucky. [Gr. eu, good, and onoma, a name, i.e., of good repute.] Often pronounced u-on-e-mus. Plant Names Simplified, Johnson and Smith

  8. George Vaughan

    Thank you ever so much for the beautiful pics and the descriptions Daniel. I dont know where I could go and find beautiful pictures and get an education at the same time. Thanks so much.

  9. Des Doyle

    I’m a new subscriber and I just want to say thank you for this great service – I really look forward to seeing your images every day. I have been gardening for a few years now but learning all the time. Also – seeing as many of you are plantaholics; – would anybody have any idea where I could find an online course or good website to help me with latin names / meanings and also with genus/ species etc. I should have done botany!

  10. Meg Bernstein

    The Montreal gardens are wonderful. You must go back in June sometime to see the peonies, iris, and daylilies along the banks of the stream in the perennial garden. Amazing display. The greenhouses are great too for this time of year. Enjoy Montreal.

  11. Linda Miller to Daniel

    Dear Daniel, I belong to a bontanical and natural illustration and art group via Yahoo with members from around the world and have share your site with them. One member asked if we can use the photos posted here for reference. Can we and do you obtain copyright releases?
    Also I loved yesterdays and todays photos, especially the snow on the berries. We do not get much snow here in Williamsburg Virginia.
    Linda C. Miller
    Botanical Artist

  12. Daniel Mosquin

    Hello Linda — I hope the Use and Attributions section on the About Botany Photo of the Day page answers your questions satisfactorily.

  13. charlene pidgeon

    I’m a new and enthusiastic subscriber. Every morning I look forward to your photo and description, and your readers’ comments – a cheerful and interesting introduction to the day.
    Thank you, Charlene Santa Barbara

  14. John Murtaugh

    I am looking forward to seeing your pictures from one of my favorite botanic gardens and greenhouse.
    I have always admired the beauty of the mixed tropical food gardens and the individual plants in them that I have come across in my travels. Visiting the Montreal tropical food plants greenhouse , and others like our Toronto Allen Gardens, always brings back great memories. The heat, humidity and smells are a wonderful antidote to our standard winter weather.
    Have a great trip.

  15. elizabeth a airhart

    lovely page as always
    i start and end my day here

  16. Pennysworth

    Stunning! Thanks for sharing; I love the winter pictures.

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