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(lilac; family Oleaceae)

A genus of shrubs and small trees with simple, oval, opposite leaves, 4-lobed corollas, capsular fruits, and winged seeds. The panicles of fragrant, lilac-coloured, white, or purple flowers make this a favourite garden shrub. The name ‘syringa’ is sometimes misleadingly applied to Philadelphus (mock orange), which is not related to lilac. There are 25 species, occurring from south-eastern Europe to eastern Asia.

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