English name: American privet Scientific name: Ligustrum sp. Familia: Oleaceae Classis: Dicotyledonas Phylum: Angiospermae Regnum: Plantae
The leaf of an American privet shows xeromorph adaptations (the plant is called a xerophyte). The leaf has a multilayered upper epidermis with a thick cuticle. The stomata are sunk and are confined to the underside of the leaf. Not only guard cells but also subsidiary cells contribute to the closing and opening of stomata. The vascular bundles are surrounded by supporting tissue (collenchyma).