Euonymus spraguei is a recent introduction from Taiwan, found growing in cool temperate coniferous forest from 1100 – 2800m in association with Chamaecyparis formosensis, Pinus armandii, P.taiwanensis, Tsuga chinensis.
An evergreen shrub, at present one metre in height in cultivation, but with a sprawling habit so adept at covering ground. The shiny orange fruit is held within a four lobed seed capsule, the inner of which is padded, almost like blown white polystyrene, to protect the developing embryo. Looking more closely notice the hooked awns on the outer of the pods.
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