Subordinate Taxa
Scientific Name:
Laurus L., Sp. Pl. 369 (1753)
Type Taxon:

Dioecious or occasionally ☿ trees with several trunks, or large shrubs, aromatic, evergreen.  Lvs with pinnate venation.  Fls in axillary umbels enclosed by a globose involucre of bracts in bud.  Perianth with 4 subequal segments, not accrescent or forming a tube enclosing fr.  Stamens usually 12 in 3–4 whorls;  filaments each with a stipitate gland on each side, rarely stamens of outermost 2 rows eglandular;  anthers 2-valved, introrse. ♀ fls often with 4 staminodes.  Style short.  Fr. a berry, seated on scarcely enlarged calyx tube;  skin single-layered.

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

Number of species in New Zealand within Laurus L.
Exotic: Fully Naturalised1
Linnaeus, C. 1753: Species Plantarum. Impensis Laurentii Salvii, Stockholm.
Mabberley, D.J. 2008: Mabberley's plant book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Edition 3. Cambridge University Press.