Prunus lusitanica L.

Portuguese Laurel

Evergreen tree to 20 m tall. Leaves leathery, oblong to elliptic, toothed, to 12 cm, stalks and young branchlets red. Flowers white, to 1 cm wide, in long cylindrical racemes, usually extending beyond the subtending leaf. Fruit ovoid, to 1 cm long, blackish.

Spain, Portugal, Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands. Has shown a tendency to naturalise in Vic.

ACT: Barton (Telopea Park).

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Rosaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Rosales
family       Rosaceae
genus        Prunus L.