Camphor laurel

Cinnamomum camphora

Large trees, bark greyish brown, rough.

Leaves alternate or pseudowhorled, ovate to elliptic, 5–10 cm long, 2.5–5 cm wide, apex abruptly acuminate, upper surface glossy green, lower surface glaucous; smelling of camphor when crushed; 3-veined from base with domatia in axils, reticulum areolate; petiole 2–4 cm long.

Panicles usually slightly shorter than leaves. Flowers c. 3 mm long.

Fruit globose, 10 mm diam., black, seated on shallow cupular receptacle; ripe Apr.-June.

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