Herbario Virtual del Mediterráneo Occidental

Àrea de Botànica, Departament de Biologia, Universitat de les Illes Balears

Buxus balearica Lam


Genus : Buxus

    Catalan common name : Boix.

    Spanish common name : Boj.

    Province distribution : Balearic Islands.

    Distribution in the islands : Cabrera. Mallorca.

    General distribution : West Mediterranean

    Flowering time : April. May.

    Life-forms : Macrophanerophyte.

    Habitat : Mountain plant. Stony soils.

    Uses and properties : Furniture, construction and tools. Medicinal. Tòxica.

    Plants protected by law : Balearic Catalogue.

    IUCN Category : Poco preocupante

    Characteristics : A bush which can grow into an authentic tree. It has shiny, ovate leaves that are at times yellowish or reddish. The tip of the leaves can be notched, a feature which easily identifies this plant (it is not generalised). Balearic box appears in the mountains of Serra de Tramuntana (northern mountain range) and also in Cabrera. Palynological studies have shown that this plant was much more widespread in the past, and was also found in Menorca (nowadays it is absent). It seems to be a species in recession which really suffered from the action of coal makers.

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Patrocinador: Fundació Sa Nostra