1. Family: Lauraceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Laurus L.
      1. Laurus nobilis L.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Medit.

    [FTEA]

    Lauraceae, Bernard Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1996

    Habit
    Capable of becoming a much branched evergreen up to 18 m. tall (mostly 7-12) it is usually kept low if used for providing leaves for flavouring; it can, however, be a handsome ornamental tree.
    Leaves
    Leaves alternate, elliptic to oblong-lanceolate, 4-10 cm. long, 1.5-6 cm. wide, obtuse or acute at the apex, cuneate to rounded at the base, pinnately veined, glabrous, entire or faintly undulate, very aromatic.
    Flowers
    Flowers unisexual, small, yellowish or yellow-green, in axillary umbel-like inflorescences supported by small involucres.
    Fruits
    Fruits black, ovoid-ellipsoid, 1-1.8 cm. long, 0.8-1 cm. wide.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Albania, Algeria, Corse, East Aegean Is., France, Greece, Italy, Kriti, Libya, Morocco, Sardegna, Sicilia, Tunisia, Turkey-in-Europe, Yugoslavia

    Introduced into:

    Azores, Baleares, Korea, Krym, Portugal, Spain

    Laurus nobilis L. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Identified Reference Herbarium Specimen Type Status
    Nov 8, 2011 Rico, L. [2254], Syria K000764198
    Milne-Redhead, E. 28504.000
    Gay, J. [s.n.], France K000815551
    Béguinot, A. [2647], Sardegna K000815552
    Béguinot, A. [2649], Sicilia K000815553

    First published in Sp. Pl.: 369 (1753)

    Accepted by

    • Chang, C.S., Kim, H. & Chang, K.S. (2014). Provisional checklist of vascular plants for the Korea peninsula flora (KPF): 1-660. DESIGNPOST.
    • Rodrigues de Moraes, P.L. (2013). The collections of Lauraceae in the herbarium of Henri Van Heurck (AWH) Plant Ecology and Evolution 146: 360-383.
    • Dimopoulos, P., Raus, T., Bergmeier, E., Constantinidis, T., Iatrou, G., Kokkini, S., Strid, A., & Tzanoudakis, D. (2013). Vascular plants of Greece. An annotated checklist: 1-372. Botanic gardens and botanical museum Berlin-Dahlem, Berlin and Hellenic botanical society, Athens.
    • Dobignard, A. & Chatelain, C. (2012). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 4: 1-431. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.
    • Authier, P. & Covillot, J. (2011). Catalogue actualisé des plantes de l'île de Rhodes (Grèce) Saussurea; Travaux de la Société Botanique de Genève 41: 131-170.
    • Mateos, M.A. & Valdés, B. (2009). Catálogo de la flora vascular del Rif occidental calizo (N de Marruecos). I Selaginellaceae - Rosaceae Lagascalia 29: 105-257.
    • Tutin, T.G. & al. (eds.) (1993). Flora Europaea ed. 2, 1: 1-581. Cambridge University Press.
    • Greuter, W., Burdet, H.M. & Long, G. (eds.) (1989). Med-checklist 4: 1-458. Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques de la Ville de Genève.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Chang, C.S., Kim, H. & Chang, K.S. (2014). Provisional checklist of vascular plants for the Korea peninsula flora (KPF): 1-660. DESIGNPOST.
    • Dobignard, A. & Chatelain, C. (2012). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 4: 1-431. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.
    • Authier, P. & Covillot, J. (2011). Catalogue actualisé des plantes de l'île de Rhodes (Grèce) Saussurea; Travaux de la Société Botanique de Genève 41: 131-170.
    • Mateos, M.A. & Valdés, B. (2009). Catálogo de la flora vascular del Rif occidental calizo (N de Marruecos). I Selaginellaceae - Rosaceae Lagascalia 29: 105-257.
    • Tutin, T.G. & al. (eds.) (1993). Flora Europaea ed. 2, 1: 1-581. Cambridge University Press.

    Sources

    Art and Illustrations in Digifolia
    [A] Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    [B] http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2018. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    [C] © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2018. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    [D] © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0