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LAURACEAE LAUREL FAMILY

Henk van der Werff


[Shrub], tree, [parasitic vine], generally evergreen, aromatic; [dioecious or ± so]. Leaf: generally alternate, simple, unlobed [(lobed)], entire, generally thick; stipules 0. Inflorescence: [(flowers 1, head), raceme, panicle], umbel-like, enclosed by bracts [or not]. Flower: generally bisexual, generally ± yellow to ± green; hypanthium often calyx-tube-like, perianth parts in 2(3) whorls of 3, ± sepal-like; stamens [(3)]9[(12)], in whorls of 3, inner often with 2 stalked orange glands at base, 1 [or more] whorls often staminodes [or not], anthers [2] 4-celled, opening by uplifting valves; pistil 1, simple, ovary generally superior, chamber 1, ovule 1, style 1, very short. Fruit: ± berry, often with swollen hypanthium, sepals.
± 54 genera, ± 3500 species: widespread in tropics, less so in temperate; some cultivated (Laurus, laurel, bay; Persea, avocado; Cinnamomum, cinnamon, camphor). [Buzgo et al. 2007 Int J Plant Sci 168:261–284; Carpenter et al. 2007 Int J Plant Sci 168:1191–1198] —Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Unabridged references: [Buzgo, M., Chanderbali, A. S., Kim, S., Zheng, Z., Oppenheimer, D. G., Soltis, P. S., & Soltis, D. E. 2007. Floral developmental morphology of Persea americana (avocado, Lauraceae): The oddities of male organ identity. Int J Plant Sci 168:261–284; Carpenter, R. J., Jordan, G. J., & Hill, R. S. 2007. A toothed Lauraceae leaf from the early Eocene of Tasmania, Australia. Int J Plant Sci 168:1191–1198]

Key to Lauraceae

1. Flowers unisexual; anthers 2-celled ..... [Laurus nobilis]

1' Flowers bisexual; anthers 4-celled

2. Inflorescence umbel-like ..... Umbellularia californica

2' Inflorescence a panicle or panicle-like cyme

3. Basal pair of lateral veins stronger than distal, with axillary pit visible adaxially ..... Cinnamomum camphora

3' Basal pair of lateral veins as strong as distal, without axillary pit ..... [Persea americana]

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