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Malosma laurina

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Family: AnacardiaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Shrub, tree; generally dioecious or flowers bisexual and unisexual; resin clear, often weathering black, generally aromatic, latex milky or 0. Leaf: simple to ternate- or odd-pinnate-compound, alternate, deciduous or evergreen; stipules 0. Inflorescence: raceme or panicle; flowers generally many. Flower: generally unisexual, radial; sepals generally 5, base generally +- fused; petals 5, generally > sepals, free; (perianth parts 1--7 in Pistacia); stamens 4--7 or 10, vestigial in pistillate flowers; ovary superior, vestigial or 0 in staminate flowers, subtended by +- lobed, disk-like nectary, chamber generally 1, ovule generally 1, styles 1--3. Fruit: drupe-like, generally +- flat, sticky or not, hairs short or 0; pulp +- resinous, aromatic or not.
Genera In Family: 70+ genera, +- 850 species: tropics, warm temperate; some ornamental (Rhus, Schinus), cultivated for fruit (Anacardium, cashew; Mangifera, mango; Pistacia, pistachio). Toxicity: TOXIC: many genera produce contact dermatitis.
eFlora Treatment Author: John M. Miller & Dieter H. Wilken, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Bruce G. Baldwin, Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: MalosmaView Description 

Species In Genus: 1 sp. Etymology: (Greek: strong odor)

Malosma laurina (Nutt.) Nutt. ex Abrams
Habit: Shrub, 2--6 m; flowers bisexual or unisexual. Leaf: simple, evergreen; petiole 10--40 mm; blade 3--10 cm, 2--4.5 cm wide, elliptic to lance-oblong, +- leathery, +- folded along midrib, tip abrupt-pointed, margin entire. Inflorescence: branches slender; bractlets < 1.5 mm. Flower: sepals green, entire; petals generally white. Fruit: 2--3 mm diam, glabrous, +- white.
Ecology: Slopes, canyons, chaparral; Elevation: < 1000 m. Bioregional Distribution: SW; Distribution Outside California: Baja California. Flowering Time: Jun--Jul
Synonyms: Rhus laurina Nutt.
eFlora Treatment Author: John M. Miller & Dieter H. Wilken
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Citation for this treatment: John M. Miller & Dieter H. Wilken 2017. Malosma laurina, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on June 23, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on June 23, 2017.

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Markers link to CCH specimen records. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues. Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
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(Note: any qualifiers in the taxon distribution description, such as 'northern', 'southern', 'adjacent' etc., are not reflected in the map above, and in some cases indication of a taxon in a subdivision is based on a single collection or author-verified occurence).

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