Nomenclature
Scientific Name:
Lauraceae Juss.
 Description

Usually evergreen trees or shrubs, rarely twining, ± herbaceous parasites, often aromatic, generally with ☿ fls, sometimes dioecious, gynodioecious or monoecious.  Lvs usually alternate, very rarely opposite, usually simple, coriaceous, exstipulate.  Fls usually in cymes, racemes, spikes, or panicles, rarely solitary, regular, small.  Bracts small and caducous or 0, occasionally forming an involucre below the fls.  Perianth (calyx) tube short, sometimes accrescent;  perianth lobes or teeth (4)–6, usually in 2 series, the outer often smaller.  Corolla 0.  Stamens mostly 2× as many as perianth teeth, in as many as 3–4 or rarely more whorls, the innermost whorl usually, and outermost 2 whorls sometimes, reduced to staminodes, the remaining or 3rd whorl nearly always fertile;  some filaments usually glandular towards the base. Ovary usually superior, rarely inferior, 1-celled;  ovule 1;  style terminal, simple, rarely 0;  stigma entire or lobed.  Fr. indehiscent, a berry or drupe, sometimes dry, sometimes partly covered by persistent perianth.  Seed non-endospermic, pendulous.

[From:  Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]

 Biostatus
Number of species in New Zealand within Lauraceae Juss.
CategoryNumber
Indigenous (Endemic)3
Indigenous (Non-endemic)2
Exotic: Fully Naturalised3
Exotic: Casual1
Total9
 Bibliography
Cronquist, A. 1988: The evolution and classification of flowering plants. The New York Botanic Gardens, New York.
Mabberley, D.J. 2008: Mabberley's plant book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Edition 3. Cambridge University Press.