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Bay (Sweet Bay) Laurus nobilis (Lauraceae) HEIGHT to 17m <br />
Moderate-sized evergreen tree with a conical crown. BARK Smooth dark-grey or almost black. BRANCHES Mostly ascending and dark grey, terminating in reddish twigs and conical dark-red buds. LEAVES To 10cm long, narrowly oval or lanceolate with wavy margins; they feel tough and leathery and have a pleasing aroma when crushed. Upper surface is glossy dark green and underside is paler; glands that release scent can be seen through a hand-lens. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Flowers are borne below the petioles against shoot and open in creamy-yellow clusters. Fruits are small, shiny-black berries up to 1.5cm long. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION Native of Mediterranean area, but widely planted here and naturalised in the south.
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Bay (Sweet Bay) Laurus nobilis (Lauraceae) HEIGHT to 17m
Moderate-sized evergreen tree with a conical crown. BARK Smooth dark-grey or almost black. BRANCHES Mostly ascending and dark grey, terminating in reddish twigs and conical dark-red buds. LEAVES To 10cm long, narrowly oval or lanceolate with wavy margins; they feel tough and leathery and have a pleasing aroma when crushed. Upper surface is glossy dark green and underside is paler; glands that release scent can be seen through a hand-lens. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Flowers are borne below the petioles against shoot and open in creamy-yellow clusters. Fruits are small, shiny-black berries up to 1.5cm long. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION Native of Mediterranean area, but widely planted here and naturalised in the south.

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Date: 3 Jul 2013
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Credit: PAUL STERRY/NPL
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