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Savin juniperus

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Family: Cupressaceae

Scientific name: Juniperus sabina L.

Description: It is a twisted shrub with separated sexes, a strong smell of resin and small scale-like leaves. The female specimens have bluish-green pseudo berries called Juniper berries. It grows on the rocks between 700 and 1,800 m a.s.l. 

Distribution: It can be found in Europe and western Asia. Its areas of distribution on the Majella are the widest of the whole Apennines.

Note: It is an endangered species, included in the “Lower Risk” category (LR) of the Regional Red List of the Italian Plants.
It is a poisonous species and in the Majella territory it has been used as a decoction to help sheep to eliminate the placenta (called “seconda”) after the birth.

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