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Laurus nobilis (Bay laurel)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > magnoliids > Order: Laurales > Family: Lauraceae > Genus: Laurus

Laurus nobilis (Bay laurel) Laurus nobilis (Bay laurel)
Laurus nobilis, Hortus Botanicus, Leiden, The Netherlands. [photo H.G. Robertson, Iziko ] Laurus nobilis, Company Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa. [photo H.G. Robertson, Iziko ]

The bay leaves we use in seasoning food are derived from this tree. Native to the Mediterranean.