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Fam.: Buxaceae / Box Fam.      

Genus:  Buxus  L.
 

Authors:
   L.:  Carl von Linné (Linnaeus, 1707 - 1777), Swedish naturalist who introduced the binary naming system for plants and animals
 

Etymology:
   Buxus:   Roman plant name, from pykos = hard (hard wood)
   sempervirens:   always alive
 

In the beginning of the 21st century the Box Tree Moth Cydalima perspectalis was introduced from East Asia to Central Europe. Its caterpillars are eating the leaves of Boxwood in gardens, parks, and nature. If the infestation occurs repeatedly the plants can die off. The first 8 photos have been taken in a boxwood forest near Grenzach-Wyhlen on the High-Rhine, where weaker plants have died off, but more vigorous boxwood still drives leaves every year, even about ten years after the first infestation. However the leaves don't grow at the thin branches anymore but directly out of the trunk.
The photos Fig. 9 to 21 and 24 to 29 have been taken before an infestation took place.

 

Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree, D Grenzach-Wyhlen 6.6.2018
Fig. 1:  Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree (new shoots after repeated sceletonising by catarpillars of the Box Tree Moth Cydalima perspectalis WALKER)
D Grenzach-Wyhlen 6.6.2018
Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree, D Grenzach-Wyhlen 6.6.2018
Fig. 2:  Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree (new shoots after repeated sceletonising by catarpillars of the Box Tree Moth Cydalima perspectalis WALKER)
D Grenzach-Wyhlen 6.6.2018
Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree, D Grenzach-Wyhlen 6.6.2018
Fig. 3:  Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree (new shoots after repeated sceletonising by catarpillars of the Box Tree Moth Cydalima perspectalis WALKER)
D Grenzach-Wyhlen 6.6.2018
Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree, D Grenzach-Wyhlen 6.6.2018
Fig. 4:  Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree (new shoots after repeated sceletonising by catarpillars of the Box Tree Moth Cydalima perspectalis WALKER)
D Grenzach-Wyhlen 6.6.2018
Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree, D Grenzach-Wyhlen 6.6.2018
Fig. 5:  Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree (new shoots after repeated sceletonising by catarpillars of the Box Tree Moth Cydalima perspectalis WALKER)
D Grenzach-Wyhlen 6.6.2018
Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree, D Grenzach-Wyhlen 6.6.2018
Fig. 6:  Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree (new shoots after repeated sceletonising by catarpillars of the Box Tree Moth Cydalima perspectalis WALKER)
D Grenzach-Wyhlen 6.6.2018
Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree, D Grenzach-Wyhlen 6.6.2018
Fig. 7:  Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree (new shoots after repeated sceletonising by catarpillars of the Box Tree Moth Cydalima perspectalis WALKER)
D Grenzach-Wyhlen 6.6.2018
Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree, D Grenzach-Wyhlen 6.6.2018
Fig. 8:  Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree (new shoots after repeated sceletonising by catarpillars of the Box Tree Moth Cydalima perspectalis WALKER)
D Grenzach-Wyhlen 6.6.2018
Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree, D Weinheim an der Bergstraße 13.3.2007
Fig. 9:  Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree
D Weinheim an der Bergstraße 13.3.2007
Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree, D Weinheim an der Bergstraße 13.3.2007
Fig. 10:  Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree
D Weinheim an der Bergstraße 13.3.2007
Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree, D Weinheim an der Bergstraße 13.3.2007
Fig. 11:  Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree
D Weinheim an der Bergstraße 13.3.2007
Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree, D Neuleiningen 5.4.2007
Fig. 12:  Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree
D Neuleiningen 5.4.2007
Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree, D Neuleiningen 5.4.2007
Fig. 13:  Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree
D Neuleiningen 5.4.2007
Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree, D Neuleiningen 5.4.2007
Fig. 14:  Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree
D Neuleiningen 5.4.2007
Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree, D Neuleiningen 5.4.2007
Fig. 15:  Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree
D Neuleiningen 5.4.2007
Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree, D Neuleiningen 12.6.2007
Fig. 16:  Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree
D Neuleiningen 12.6.2007
Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree, D Elmstein 6.4.2022
Fig. 17:  Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree
D Elmstein 6.4.2022
Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree, D Elmstein 6.4.2022
Fig. 18:  Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree
D Elmstein 6.4.2022
Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree, D Elmstein 6.4.2022
Fig. 19:  Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree
D Elmstein 6.4.2022
Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree, D Mannheim 13.4.2009
Fig. 20:  Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree
D Mannheim 13.4.2009
Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree, D Mannheim 6.5.2007
Fig. 21:  Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree
D Mannheim 6.5.2007
Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree, F Blieux 6.10.2021
Fig. 22:  Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree
F Blieux 6.10.2021
Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree, F Blieux 6.10.2021
Fig. 23:  Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree
F Blieux 6.10.2021
Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree, F Causse du Larzac 15.5.2007
Fig. 24:  Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree
F Causse du Larzac 15.5.2007
Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree, F Causse Noir 28.5.2009
Fig. 25:  Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree
F Causse Noir 28.5.2009
Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree, F Causse Noir 28.5.2009
Fig. 26:  Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree
F Causse Noir 28.5.2009
Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree, E Pyrenees, Ordesa 22.8.2011
Fig. 27:  Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree
E Pyrenees, Ordesa 22.8.2011
Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree, E Pyrenees, Prat de Cadi 6.8.2018
Fig. 28:  Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree
E Pyrenees, Prat de Cadi 6.8.2018
Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree, E Pyrenees, La Popla de Lillet 5.8.2018
Fig. 29:  Buxus sempervirens / Boxtree
E Pyrenees, La Popla de Lillet 5.8.2018

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