Laurus

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Trees; branchlets pubescent to subglabrous. Leaves alternate, glabrous, leathery; venation pinnate. Inflorescence axillary, on short shoots, in clusters of c. 5 flowers, subtended by an involucre of persistent bracts. Flowers unisexual, 2-merous; perianth segments in 2 whorls of 2; receptacle flat or shallow. Male flowers with 8–30 stamens, in 3 whorls; staminodes absent; anthers 2-locular, dehiscing introrsely. Female flowers with c. 4 staminodes; ovary superior. Fruit ovoid, receptacle hardly enlarged, forming a small cupule, perianth deciduous.    

2 species from the Mediterranean region, 1 species naturalised in Australia.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-01-27
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Magnolianae
order Laurales
family Lauraceae
Higher taxa
genus Laurus
Subordinate taxa