Daphane/Spurge/Laurel (Laurus nobilis)

(Laurus nobilis)
Bay Laurel, Sweet Bay, Bay Tree , True Laurel, Grecian Laurel and Laurel Tree

ImageUnavailable Bay Laurel

Laurus is a genus of evergreen trees with male and female flowers on separate plants. The flowers are small, pale yellow-green and born in pairs beside the leaf. The leaves are long  and broad with the entire margin being un-toothed, but in some the leaves margins undulates. The fruit is small shinny black, drupe that is berry-like and contain one seed. The laurel can very greatly in size from 33 to 59 feet tall.

Laurus nobilis originally covered much of the Mediterranean Basin when the climate of the region was more humid and is a widespread relic of the laurel forests. There are still remnants of the forest that can be found in southern Turkey, northern Syria, southern Spain, north-central Portugal, northern Morocco, Canary Islands and in Madeira.

Conditions of Poisoning:
Ingestion, Skin contact

Toxic Principle:
Grayanotoxins (terpenes, sesquiterpenes, alcohols, and ketones).

Clinical Symptoms:
Vomiting, diarrhea, depression, cardiovascular collapse, hypersalivation, weakness, coma, low blood pressure, death. Ingestion of a few leaves can cause serious problems.


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