Posts Tagged ‘Lauraceae’

postheadericon Laurus Nobilis, Bay or Laurel

TREE IN GARDENLaurus nobilis, bay or laurel is an evergreen shrub or tree to 15 m tall, belonging to the family Lauraceae, which lends its name.

It originated in the Mediterranean area and whose leaves are used as seasoning in cooking. Other names he is known are common laurel, bat, bay or laurel Palena American kitchen, rustic.

The common laurel is an evergreen dioecious tree 5-10 m tall, straight trunk with gray bark and dense crown, dark.

Branches erect. Leaves simple, alternate, lanceolate or oblong-lanceolate, somewhat leathery consistency, aromatic, sometimes with slightly wavy edge.

Attenuated apex and base. They measure about 3-9 cm in length and have short petioles. The beam is glossy dark green, while the underside is paler.

Sessile flowers arranged in umbels of 4-6 flowers.

The unisexual flowers is due to a phenomenon of abortion, and the proof is the presence of 2-4 staminodes in female flowers.

The flowers appear in March-April, and are yellowish, without interest. The fruit is drupacea, ovoid, 1-1.5 cm long, becoming black at maturity. Mature in early autumn.