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|Family: Lauraceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Laurus||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Laurus nobilis L.
Stem: < 10 m. Leaf: 6--11 cm, 3--4 cm wide, narrow- to wide-elliptic; hairs 0 or sparse-appressed abaxially, 0 adaxially; petiole < blade. Inflorescence: +- 5-flowered, (1 or) > 1 along leafless short-shoots. Flower: perianth parts 2--3 mm, elliptic. Staminate Flower: stamens (8)12--30, inner whorls with 2 stalked glands at base. Pistillate Flower: pistil 3 mm, glabrous, staminodes generally 4 . Fruit: ellipsoid, +- 1.5 cm, +- 1 cm diam, dark purple to +- black. Chromosomes: 2n=36,42,48,54,60,66,72.
Ecology: Rich, well-drained soil; Elevation: < 10 m. Bioregional Distribution: SCo (Orange Co.); Distribution Outside California: native to southern Europe, Canary Islands. Flowering Time: Feb--Apr Note: Cult; bay leaves as spice; laurel of history.
Unabridged Note: Cult; leaves (bay leaves) used as spice; source of laurel wreath in Greek, Roman mythology, "laureate" in English.
eFlora Treatment Author: Henk van der Werff
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Laurus
Next taxon: Persea
Citation for this treatment: Henk van der Werff 2017. Laurus nobilis, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=30367, accessed on January 20, 2017.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on January 20, 2017.