A small tree with simple leaves arranged alternately, the sanguinho (Frangula azorica) lacks the spines that are characteristic of the buckthorn family. The flowers have five petals and the shrub bears dark blue berries. The buds do not have bud scales (4).
The sanguinho is classified as Near Threatened (NT) on the IUCN Red List (1). It is listed on Appendix I of the Berne Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (2) and on Annex II of the EC Habitats Directive (3).
Whilst no direct conservation action has been targeted at this species, the sanguinho is included on the Berne Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats and should be protected by its inclusion in the EC Habitats Directive (3)(4).
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